Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) won the Formula 1 Malaysian GP ahead of England's Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), while German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), who started last, finished in fourth place.
“It's incredible”, celebrated Verstappen, now 20 years old, his second victory in the F.1, after the one he had achieved in the 2016 Spanish GP at just 18 years, 7 months and 15 days, the youngest winner in the history of the category.
Almost a year and a half later, the young Dutchman, with skillful use of the DRS, took the lead on the fourth lap and displaced none other than Briton Hamilton, who now increased his distance from Vettel as the firm leader of the World Championship to 34 points.
In a season dominated by Renault engine breakdowns, breakdowns and piloting failures, Red Bull celebrated not only for Verstappen, but also because Australian Ricciardo finished third and completed the podium.
For the Italian team Ferrari it was a bitter weekend as Finn Kimi Raikkonen, who started second, was stopped in the game and out of the race, while Vettel, who started last due to Saturday's problems, mitigated the debacle with a spectacular comeback.[sam_pro id = 1_22 codes = ”true”]
The German, who could not even set time in qualifying, made notable overtakes and could not get on the podium due to Ricciardo's dexterity to control his attacks, also favored by some blocks from Spanish Fernando Alonso (McLaren). Vettel was unable to celebrate his comeback with the healthy car as he crashed into Canadian Lance Stroll (Williams) on the lap of honor.
The next date will be the Japanese GP, next weekend.
CLASSIFICATION (56 laps)
1. Max Verstappen (HOL / Red Bull-TAG Heuer), 1h30m01s290
2. Lewis Hamilton (ING / Mercedes) at 12s770
3. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Red Bull-TAG Heuer) at 22s519
4. Sebastian Vettel (ALE / Ferrari) at 37s362
5. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) at 56s021
6. Sergio Pérez (MEX / Force India-Mercedes) at 1m18s630
7. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL / McLaren-Honda) 1 round.
8. Lance Stroll (CAN / Williams-Mercedes) 1 round.
9. Felipe Massa (BRA / Williams-Mercedes) 1 round.
10. Esteban Ocon (FRA / Force India-Merceces) 1 round.
AVERAGE: 206,889 km / h. LAP RECORD: Vettel (41st) in 1m34s080 at 212,105 km / h. CHAMPIONSHIP: 1) Hamilton, 281 points; 2) Vettel, 247; 3) Bottas, 222; 4) Ricciardo, 177; 5) Räikkönen, 138; 6) Verstappen, 93; 7) Pérez, 76; 8) Ocon, 57; 9) Sainz, 48; 10) Hulkenberg, 34. Constructors Cup: 1) Mercedes, 503 points; 2) Ferrari, 385; 3) Red Bull, 270. NEXT DATE: 8/10, Japanese GP.[sam_pro id = 1_20 codes = ”true”]