He was finally called in to the pits: "Box, Sebastian, box".
With carbon-fibre parts failing in the turbos of both drivers in Malaysia, the team threw away a potential one-two victory.
"We still have a chance this year.obviously it's not as much in our control as we would like", said Vettel.
But as soon as the lights went out, it was clear Vettel was down on power with the team attempting to relay instructions via pit-to-car radio to improve the situation.
Bling bling: When Takuma Sato came to the podium to conduct the post race interviews, something caught Hamilton's attention.
David Reynolds and his co-driver Luke Youlden won the most high-profile race in Australian motorsports on Sunday, finishing the Bathurst 1000 in his Holden in an unofficial time of 7 hours, 13 minutes in slick and rainy conditions on Mount Panorama. We are intervening and we are working on the quality department and making some organisational changes'. Given the Scuderia is 70 years old, one assumes he is referring to individuals. Mercedes teammate Bottas was next best but a grid penalty for a gearbox change pushed him back to sixth, elevating Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari to the front row alongside his championship adversary.
"Honestly, I could only have dreamed of having this kind of gap", said Hamilton when he heard of the gap - the biggest with four Grands Prix left since 2010, when 25 points were awarded to each race winner.
"We really had a really good shot at it, in the wet as well", McLaughlin said.
Whiting said he should have waited for the medical car, which Vettel nodded in agreement with. It is reported Mercedes are making overtures. The second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas was fourth.
The next race is Oct. 22 in the United States. 'Verstappen has a longer contract but Ricciardo is already on the market.
Ricciardo has managed to amass almost twice as many points as Verstappen this season.
The Mercs failed to shine at Sepang, perhaps due to the temperatures.
Championship in tatters: At the summer break, we looked set for an absolutely classic title showdown between Hamilton and Vettel.
Force India scored a solid double points finish with sixth and seventh for Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, while Haas capitalised on the slow pace of Massa in the closing stages to snatch eighth and ninth.
Three rounds after poor form led to him being benched from the Citroën team, Northern Ireland's Chris Meeke mastered the final two legs of Rally Catalunya - Rally de España to win by 28.0sec from Sebastian Ogier's M-Sport Fiesta, who can secure the 2017 drivers' crown - his fifth in a row - at the penultimate round in Britain later this month.
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