It wasn't worth fighting Verstappen - Hamilton

It wasn't worth fighting Verstappen - Hamilton

Vettel started the race from last but drove brilliantly to take fourth place behind Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and limit the damage to his own title hopes.

But Vettel may go to Japan with a five-race grid penalty if it is found that his gearbox needs replacing.

Before Malaysia, Verstappen's only podium came in April, at the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Mercedes man finished second in Sepang behind the impressive Max Verstappen, who picked up his second career win for Red Bull.

Verstappen quickly pulled away, building a seven-second lead within 10 laps and, despite problems with his neck muscles in the closing laps on this demanding track, was always in control. Vettel can at least take solace in the fact that he still has the most wins in Sepang, with four victories.

The race seemed destined to play out without any late drama, but while TV cameras followed Verstappen on his way to the win and his celebration lap, Lance Stroll made contact with Vettel, who ended up with one of his wheels on top of his auto.

Kimi Raikkonen had qualified second with Vettel sidelined but he could not even make the start this time around as a battery issue meant he was left in the garage.

"But I didn't see any pace in clear air that they had on the super-soft or soft tyre that was quicker than what we were capable of doing". "I think in the beginning the vehicle felt good and I saw Lewis was struggling a bit with traction", he said.

Despite being unable to seal an eighth win of the season, second-placed Lewis Hamilton still opened up his gap at the top of the championship over nearest rival Sebastian Vettel, who couldn't haul in Ricciardo and had to settle for fourth.

Addressing the incident with Vettel, the two-time world champion told Sky F1: "For me it looks OK but we've heard "blue flags, blue flags" from him before so it was just one of those".

Max Verstappen looks like Formula One's most exciting young prospect. I'm sure we could have had a very good race but where we would have finished, who knows?

"Congratulations to Max, said Hamilton". Valtteri Bottas had a awful race, finishing in fifth behind Sebastian Vettel and way, way behind teammate Hamilton. I think we are quicker so obviously it was a bit of a shame.

"From there I expected him to keep coming, keep coming and then I guess maybe kill the tires trying to chase me and then getting close to me".

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