Verstappen wins Malaysian GP ahead of Hamilton

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

Lewis Hamilton is anxious about the pace of rival Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari despite extending his championship lead in Malaysia. But with Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes struggling for pace early on, Verstappen made a bold move up the inside of Turn 1 to take the lead on lap four, and he never looked back. Obviously it hurts a lot of us but there's nothing we can do now. Vettel's gearbox was damaged in a weird collision between Vettel and Lance Stroll's Williams on the slow down lap after the race. "That was absolutely on merit, flawless drive and happy birthday, mate", Verstappen's race engineer said to him over the team radio.

Lewis Hamilton didn't win the race, but it was kind of a win nonetheless.

Nonetheless, Vettel cut an upbeat figure over his chances of wrestling the title away from Hamilton, citing the pace displayed by Ferrari in recent races.

An engine problem in qualifying left Vettel at the back of the grid and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who was due to start second behind Hamilton, did not make the start, also hit by engine failure.

Horner believes Verstappen's ability to handle pressure was the most impressive part of his Malaysian Grand Prix victory.

"But there's nothing we can do, it's the way the auto is".

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

'We need to see now what the problem was. "Hopefully it won't be so bad".

"People have been talking all year that we have the best auto", he said.

"We know that Daniel [Ricciardo] is one of the best, so to have the two of them pushing each other the way that they are is a dream situation for the team".

"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".

"I don't know what he felt (for Vettel yesterday)", said Raikkonen.

"Max is a very different character to Sebastian but what you see in standout drivers, you see similarities". Today for example - crashing into someone.

"I really had to make a decision when Max was closing me down", he said.

"He's got nothing to lose, whereas I've got everything to lose". More impressively, the victory came just a day after he turned 20! "It's not my fault if somebody decides to pick up rubber and hit another auto". Vettel experienced an engine problem that forced an engine change.

Having started the weekend with such promise, this was another grand prix to forget for Ferrari. "So not too anxious to be honest, but we need to get on top of the problems that we have".

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