The Malaysian GP saw Red Bull’s Max Verstappen passing pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton on turn one of lap four at the Sepang International circuit, taking the championship leader by surprise. Then letting on an unrelenting charge right up to the finish line to secure the second win of his formula one career.
Hamilton finished in second place eating humble pie 12.7 seconds adrift the Red Bull piloted by young Verstappen. The third place on the podium was had by another Red Bull piloted by none other Daniel Ricciardo. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was on the hunt for some Red Bull the entire race with his new-spec engine in place, although his attempts were thwarted after the team informed him of some unusual engine temps and asked him to back off the throttle and hold his position. Until of course an out of control Lance Stroll crashed into Vettel Ferrari almost entirely removing the left rear of the car. Radio messages on both radio’s, however, told an entirely different story.
“That's impossible," said Vettel on team radio. "Stroll's not looking where he's going."
Stroll told his team: "Vettel just drove into the side of me.”
However, he did legally finish the race in fourth place and hitched a ride, steering in hand, back to the pit on the side of Pascal Wehrlein’s Sauber. This leaves him 34 points behind Hamilton with 5 race left this season.Kimi Raikkonen, who was due to start second didn’t even start the race, on account of turbo issues on his car.