Car race: Red Bull overtakes Hamilton, dominates to secure 2nd F1 win
By Timothy Omobude
Red Bull’s Verstappen overtakes Hamilton and dominates to secure second F1 win; Hamilton second with Vettel racing from last to fourth; But Vettel then crashes with Stroll in bizarre post-race clash
Max Verstappen overcame a season of frustration to claim his second F1 win at the Malaysia GP from Lewis Hamilton, as Sebastian Vettel recovered from last place to fourth.
Hamilton increased his world title lead, but only by six points to 34, as Vettel scythed his way through from the back row in a spirited recovery drive.
And the Mercedes driver had the other Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo to thank for keeping Vettel off the podium as the Ferrari failed to overtake the Australian in the closing stages.
But, in a highly bizarre and unusual finish to his otherwise successful afternoon, Vettel collided with Lance Stroll’s Williams on the slow-down lap. The impact ripped off the Ferrari’s left-rear wheel, with the German stopping on track and forced to hitch a lift back to the pits with Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein, taking his steering wheel with him.
The stewards investigated the incident but ruled no further action was needed.
Sky F1’s Martin Brundle described it as “one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen” and suspected the damage may require Vettel to take new gearbox for next weekend’s Japanese GP, which would trigger a grid penalty.
In one of the most bizarre endings to an F1 race, Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll collide after the chequered flag, wrecking the German’s rear left side.
Verstappen was dominant and won by 12 seconds after overtaking Hamilton on lap four into Turn One.
The Dutchman, who turned 20 on Saturday, has been dogged by unreliability and misfortune in 2017 and his only previous podium came at the Chinese GP in April.
It represents Red Bull’s second win of the season and their second in a row at Sepang, as the Malaysian circuit bows out of F1 after 19 seasons on the calendar.
1. Max Verstappen Red Bull1:30.01.299
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes+12.770
3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull+22.519
4. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari+37.362
5. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes+56.021
6. Sergio Perez Force India+78.630
7. Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren+1 lap
8. Lance stroll Williams+1 lap
9. Felipe Massa Williams+1 lap
10. Esteban Ocon Force India+1 lap
11. Fernando Alonso McLaren+1 lap
12. Kevin Magnussen Haas+1 lap
13. Romain Grosjean Haas+1 lap
14. Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso+1 lap
15. Jolyon Palmer Renault+1 lap
16. Nico Hulkenberg Renault+1 lap
17. Pascal Wehrlein Sauber+1 lap
18. Marcus Ericsson kSauber+1 lap
Did Not Finish
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso
Did Not Start
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari.