Max Verstappen wins the 2017 Malaysian GP

The Australian looked the part as he carefully mixed the drinks during a sponsorship event

Though Horner said Red Bull "felt we would be in good shape", he admitted its race pace had been "quicker than anticipated, to be honest".

It came 24 hours after Vettel failed to progress beyond first qualifying due to a power problem and two weeks after the Ferrari pair, together with Verstappen, crashed out at the first corner of the Singapore GP.

Today's second place brought to an end Hamilton's run of three consecutive wins - the most of any driver this season - and although winning races is still his priority, he did concede that every point counts towards the title. With five races to go in the 2017 season, Vettel will have to win all the races to become the world champion for the fifth time.

"From there I could do my own race".

"I think in the beginning, straight away, the auto felt good", said Verstappen. "Of course in qualifying, I think it's a bit more tricky for us to be in front of them but we know that in the race normally our vehicle is a bit stronger".

Hamilton is nearly at the point where a string of second places would be enough for him to be world champion for a fourth time, even if Vettel were to finish first in every remaining race.

When asked how important the victory was for his son, Jos told Sky Sports F1: "I think he needs it, he deserves it". Vettel, too, was quicker than his championship adversary for much of the race.

Vettel recovered to finish fourth in the race and slipped to a 34-point deficit against Hamilton with just five rounds remaining this season.

Saturday, MercedesAMG's Lewis Hamilton clinched Pole position at Sepang, while, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel suffered engine issues, putting him at the back of the grid for Sunday's race.

But that success was tempered by concerns over the pace of his vehicle, with Hamilton failing to convert his pole position into a win and Vettel fighting his way from the back of the grid to take fourth place.

"We can't really win a title this year but I think next year, if we don't win it, we have to really show strong signs that we can in the near future".

Hamilton was pushed all the way by the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who starts second, with the Brit also offering condolences to Vettel after his engine woes. How can we fix our issues? "So I didn't make it very hard for him". "So not too anxious to be honest, but we need to get on top of the problems that we have".

"Great start to a new decade for you, well done".

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