Lewis Hamilton admits losing more than a session of track time ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix has 'heavily compromised' him, despite ending free practice fastest of all.

The defending champion suffered technical issues early on in FP1, later diagnosed as a power unit inlet system failure, forcing him to sit out the entirety of FP1 and much of FP2.

Nonetheless, though Mercedes hinted he may struggle to get out at all, it would get him on track with plenty of time to spare. Hamilton would then go on to reward them by going quickest of all on the medium tyres, his time of 1min 39.790secs the only lap of the day to crack the 1min 40secs mark.

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However, having managed just 16 laps all day, though Hamilton was pleased to be fastest despite a scruffy lap, he admits the problems have the potential to disrupt him.

"[My preparations] have been pretty heavily compromised," he said. "Whenever you lose a session, that definitely doesn't help and almost most of the second [session too], but the team did an amazing job to rebuild the car and I am really grateful for that. Just to have got some laps, that was crucial. If I had missed all of today Sunday would be hard.

"I know my lap wasn't spectacular, I think I have some improvements to make to the balance and the settings, they are all from the last race, so I am sure we will tweak and improve it."

Looking elsewhere, Hamilton admits the pace of the Ferrari, which saw Kimi Raikkonen just three tenths adrift in each session, was eye-catching.

"Ferrari's look great! It's surprising to see how good their times are. We will see whether that continues throughout the weekend."

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