Vettel, Ferrari ready to take fight to Mercedes in Malaysia

Sebastian Vettel (pictured) split the Mercedes in qualifying, landing in second just behind Lewis Hamilton.

Sebastian Vettel underlined Ferrari’s strong form in Sepang by earning second place in the wet Q3 session, and splitting the Mercedes drivers.

Ferrari has looked strong on long runs in the Malaysian heat, and the car’s strong straightline speed could allow the German to hold off Nico Rosberg tomorrow.

"Obviously when it starts to rain to here, which there is always a high chance, then it can mix up things," Vettel said. "I think it was an interesting qualifying session. The car felt good in both dry and in damp or wet conditions at the end, so I’m reasonably happy. Also, the long runs looked good on practice day so we should be in good shape. But we know they are difficult to beat but ultimately that’s why everyone turns up, trying to win and we’ll see what we can do tomorrow. Maybe it looks like we are a little bit closer here, but we will have to wait and see I guess.

"We should have a good car anyway. I think we had a decent Friday, I think we should have done our homework. Obviously now we see what we can do to prepare the race. Obviously we can’t touch the cars but the balance was pretty good in qualifying and as I said, on Friday it was pretty solid.

"We seem to be looking after the tires. I know that this race can be a difficult one just as mentioned before, on tires plus you never know with the rain, there’s always a chance so it could mix things around. Starting where we do, I think we have a decent chance to do well tomorrow, and could be up for anything."