December 16 2017

Max Verstappen wins the Grand Prix of Malaysia

December 16 2017, 03:04 | Jodi Jackson

Ricciardo turns on the style by catching the bottle behind his back as Verstappen watches

Ricciardo turns on the style by catching the bottle behind his back as Verstappen watches

However, Arrivabene pointed to the impressive pace Ferrari demonstrated throughout the weekend, as well as Vettel's recovery drive to fourth, as reasons to remain optimistic about the Scuderia's title chances. As a result, Hamilton only added six points to his advantage in the title race and now leads by 34. "We gave him his big break and he took it by winning his first race with us and now he has this brilliant win". We were running less downforce than the others - we don't have the T wing or the Carry wing on here, and we found a very good setup and the drivers have delivered their bit as well.

"We'll check [the gearbox] but yeah, that could be another bad surprise this weekend", Vettel said. I have a good feeling about it.

Once the chequered flag had fallen he was cruising back to the pits when he somehow managed to collide with the Williams of Lance Stroll, ripping the rear wheel of his vehicle off and leaving him stranded out on the circuit.

But retired champion Nico Rosberg recovered to third a year ago after a spin at the start dropped him to the back of the field.

Red Bull got two drivers in the podium, as Daniel Ricciardo staved off the furious run by Vettel to clinch third place.

Verstappen is reportedly earning £5million-a-year with his current Red Bull deal.

"I struggled on both sets [of tyre compound], the vehicle was good in some places and in some others, the issues we have with the auto are magnified. Of course, I had great help from Red Bull", said Verstappen.

Hamilton, who was second here, won in Singapore after Vettel crashed from pole position heading into the first turn, taking out Raikkonen with him.

Vettel, meanwhile, was handed a 20-place grid penalty after Ferrari made several component changes to his engine before the race.

In a freaky incident on the slow down lap, Vettel collided with Lance Stroll's Williams, causing significant damage to the left rear of the Ferrari.

This was the last race to be held in Malaysia after the country pulled out of the sport from 2018 and, after an entertaining grand prix, the circuit has certainly finished on a high.

"He had more to lose than me in terms of the championship".

Behind the leading quartet came Bottas in the Mercedes, ahead of Sergio Perez (Force India) with young Belgian Stoffel van Doorne seventh for McLaren.

Eighth-placed finisher Stroll said he had just been driving slowly back to the pit lane: "It's just a very odd incident".

Stroll was eighth, ahead of teammate Felipe Massa, who came out on top in a feisty battle for ninth with Esteban Ocon.

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