"I hope the last race of today will be the best in the history of the Malaysian GP", he said. "You have to look at what's coming and the auto is strong". It would also eliminate any leftover memories of his finish in Malaysia past year.
"It is often the case that when you have a win there is not a lot to say and everyone is riding on positives".
"I myself am not able to sit in front of the television and watch from lap one until whatever lap (for) two hours".
It was not immediately apparent why, but Raikkonen failed to get back on track in time for the start.
Ferrari had swapped Vettel's engine after third practice.
Hamilton dominated at Sepang 12 months ago before retiring due to an engine failure. If the Italian team can maintain its edge over Mercedes for the rest of the weekend, it could provide Vettel with the flawless opportunity to recover some of the 25 points he lost to Hamilton two weeks ago when he crashed in Singapore.
Razlan said that Malaysia would be happy to come back if Formula 1 delivered a show that would bring in the fans and dish out something that will keep them on the edge of their seats.
Eighth-placed finisher Stroll said he had just been driving slowly back to the pit lane: "It's just a very odd incident".
Races in Turkey, India and South Korea came and went largely unnoticed and now malaysia, with the bright lights of the Singapore night-race just down the road, is falling by the wayside. "I was spinning and heading to the wall", Grosjean said, after reviewing footage. Vettel's nearest non-Ferrari rival was Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull - 0.838s off the pace while holding a 0.010s margin over teammate Max Verstappen in fourth.
Having struggled in all three practice sessions, finishing no higher than fifth, Mercedes driver Hamilton suddenly found the pace he needed to take the 70th pole of his career ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.
Vettel drove like someone keen to defy the odds.
Moments later, Lewis Hamilton dipped the first kerb at the Turn 7/8 double-right and lost the rear, pitching him into a spin and across the gravel. What was considered a banker win for Ferrari instead saw Hamilton hugely increase his advantage in their head-to-head duel.
Vettel might even have caught Ricciardo, moving to within one second of the Australian driver late on. "There is no other racing series that I have any desire to drive in, it is a shame, I wish I did have more passion in me to do IndyCar or Le Mans but there isn't, there is zero, nothing". "But he only had one attack".
However, Raikkonen is not one to get flustered easily and 15 minutes into the race, the Finnish driver was already in his shorts and walking back to the team's motorhome.