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Unfortunately for Vettel, a first-corner collision between himself, teammate Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso helped Hamilton move from the fifth starting spot to take the lead and, eventually, the race win.

Although his mechanics completed the work in time for qualifying, Vettel complained of a lack of turbo during his first timed run and ultimately sat the session out in the garage to leave him at the back of the grid on Sunday.

Hamilton has a 28 point advantage over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel thanks to the German crashing out on the opening lap in Singapore from pole position and gifting him a third successive win.

"Formula One has become very big in Mexico so I think it's very good to have the race so close by", said Perez, who will be carrying stickers on his vehicle and helmet this weekend in tribute to victims of the quake.

"I went out, everything was fine and then during the flying lap in turn five very abruptly I lost power", Ferrari's Vettel, who had an engine change before qualifying after running into problems at the end of Saturday's final practice session, told reporters.

Lewis Hamilton says he is "loving" his world championship battle with Sebastian Vettel so much that he has banished any thoughts of retirement as he heads into Sunday's last-ever Malaysian Grand Prix.

"I'm a hardcore fan of Lewis Hamilton and team Mercedes AMG Petronas". "Considering the issues we had with the vehicle, it's a good weekend".

Vettel and Ferrari will take heart from their respective records in Sepang - Vettel has won four races at the circuit - more than any other driver - and Ferrari boasts seven victories to Mercedes' one.

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"We have the whole race tomorrow to get back and we have to look at the positives that we have more tyres than everyone and we can maybe play with the strategy if it's a day where it could pay off to play with strategy", Vettel said.

"In Monza we didn't do our best and equally Mercedes were very strong.it's mostly in Singapore where we didn't race. Anything can happen - you saw that in Singapore two weeks ago how everything can change".

"I didn't sleep well last night", the 32-year-old British driver said.

"Things like this in 2017 shouldn't happen on any circuit", he said.

"The lights went off, we did our start". I don't really know where it came from, to be honest, so I'm a little bit surprised at myself.

With less than 10 minutes before qualifying, Ferrari's mechanics hurriedly wheeled Raikkonen's vehicle back to the garage.

"When you get that close it's a disappointment", said Raikkonen.

Earlier, in first practice, Max Verstappen posted the fastest time, followed by Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

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