Malaysian Grand Prix: Victorious Verstappen, Hamilton second

  • Malaysian Grand Prix: Victorious Verstappen, Hamilton second

Malaysian Grand Prix: Victorious Verstappen, Hamilton second

"I think having a battle, having Seb catch me and keep me on my toes made it easier".

The weather is also different from other races.

Max Verstappen has praised Red Bull Racing for delivering him with an "unbelievable" auto which allowed him to win the Malaysian Grand Prix.

"We're always going to try and make the fastest race and I don't really know what else".

"I'm absolutely delighted for Max", Horner told reporters after the race. He drove a strong, dominant race, and thoroughly deserved to mark his 20th birthday with this race win.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen failed to take the start at Sepang and went back to the team's garage just before the race's beginning due to technical problems.

He then, instead of waiting for the medical auto, hitched a ride on the side of the Sauber of Pascal Wehrlein back to the pit lane.

Stewards investigated but no action was taken.

It remains to be seen whether the damage to Vettel's vehicle will leave the German needing to make a gearbox change - and incur a grid penalty - at next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix. "We have lost so much pace this weekend". Further back, Fernando Alonso held up Vettel for a while, but the German moved into the points.

"They had the upper hand on us today".

"Impossible to say but I'm pretty certain I would have had a very good vehicle today, but we didn't go far enough - where we would end up we'll never know". "Obviously the race wasn't going on so it wasn't intentional for either of us", said the eighth-placed finisher.

"We should have won but starting last we did what we could", said Vettel. Valtteri Bottas, in the other Mercedes auto, finished fifth.

Lots of long straights, medium and high-speed corners and plenty of humidity all add up to what could be another fascinating race come Sunday. Once I cleared him, it was a bit more straightforward because people were isolated. "It is a fact that some races the auto has worked out to be better but overall globally we have not got the best vehicle and we have done an exceptional job with what we have".

McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne matched the best result of his career with seventh place, ahead of Stroll and Brazil's Felipe Massa for Williams.

Frenchman Esteban Ocon in the Force India will start sixth.

Having suffered from seven retirements through a series of collisions and reliability problems, Verstappen's win in Sepang came at the ideal time, with the Dutchman failing to finish on the podium since April's Chinese Grand Prix. The event, which was first hosted by the Sepang Circuit in 1999, witnessed its highest weekend turnout since 2013.

The next round will be held in Suzuka, Japan on October 8.