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Ferrari Engine Issues Continue in Malaysia as Raikkonen Fails to Start

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

A tough time for Ferrari has become even more so after Kimi Raikkonen failed to make the grid for the start of the Malaysian Grand Prix, and was ultimately forced to retire before turning a lap.

The 37-year-old Finn was expected to start from the second position, but cited a loss of power during the warmup 30 minutes prior to the race.

The issue only magnifies problems that also hit teammate Sebastian Vettel on Saturday prior to qualifying, which led to starting the race from last.

With the Italian squad hit with a double retirement in the opening lap clash in the last round in Singapore, any hopes for a potential turnaround will be left on a monstrous and historic run from Vettel. No driver has ever finished on podium the final starting position in 18 prior races at Sepang International Circuit.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.