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Max Versappen Wins Malaysian GP, Celebrates 20th birthday in style

Max Versappen Wins Malaysian GP, Celebrates 20th birthday in style

Snapshot: The Dutchman is already the F1’s youngest ever driver to win an F1 race at the Spanish GP in Barcelona last year and this is his second only win in the F1, and that too on his birthday weekend.

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One of the most coveted rounds of the F1 season, the Malaysian Grand Prix hosted its very last race before signing off as an F1 venue. From 2018 onwards, there will be no Malaysian GP and how exciting was the last race to watch! The Asian leg of F1 saw birthday boy Max Verstappen celebrate his 20th birthday weekend in style by winning the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Starting from the front after winning the qualifying, the Red Bull driver saw a commanding drive to soundly beat Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton by a hefty margin of 12.7 seconds. His team mate in Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo finished third to complete the podium of the 2017 Malaysian GP, holding off Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, who narrowly missed out on a podium having started from the back of the grid.

The Dutchman is already the F1’s youngest ever driver to win an F1 race at the Spanish GP in Barcelona last year. This is his second career win as Max Verstappen is also the second youngest in history. At 20 years and one day, the Dutchman is still a year and 72 days younger than Sebastian Vettel was when he claimed his first victory at Monza in 2008.

“I think in the beginning, straight away the car felt good and I saw Lewis struggling a bit with traction and he was clipping a bit more than me, so I used my battery as much as I could and of course he has more to lose than me in the championship so I went for it in Turn 1 and from there I could my own race. The car was unbelievable. I had pace. If I needed to speed up I sped up. Yeah, it’s amazing. It’s a very tough race but of course incredible to win,” said Verstappen.

It was a tough day for Ferrari, as Kimi Raikkonen failed to start the race due to power loss before the start of the after which he was pushed off his front-row slot and into the pits. And it was all drama for Vettel, who finished fourth only to collide with Lance Stroll’s Williams on the slow-down lap. As Vettel’s left-rear wheel came atop his engine cover he hitched a ride back to the pits on the sidepod of Pascal Wehrlein's Sauber.

The second Finn, Valterri Bottas in the other Mercedes finished a distant fifth ahead of Sergio Perez, who drove heroically for Force India despite feeling unwell. Stoffel Vandoorne helped McLaren finish seventh, while Lance Stroll, who collided with Vettel post race finished eighth, ahead of Felipe Massa’s Williams in the ninth – who had two incidents with Esteban Ocon, who finished tenth, giving a double point to Force India.

With this result, Vettel has dropped 34 points behind Hamilton in the race for the world 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. Else Hamilton will equal Vettel’s record of four world championship titles.

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Race Result:

POS

DRIVER

CAR

TIME/RETIRED

PTS

1

Max Verstappen

RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER

1:30:01.290

25

2

Lewis Hamilton

MERCEDES

+12.770s

18

3

Daniel Ricciardo

RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER

+22.519s

15

4

Sebastian Vettel

FERRARI

+37.362s

12

5

Valtteri Bottas

MERCEDES

+56.021s

10

6

Sergio Perez

FORCE INDIA MERCEDES

+78.630s

8

7

Stoffel Vandoorne

MCLAREN HONDA

+1 lap

6

8

Lance Stroll

WILLIAMS MERCEDES

+1 lap

4

9

Felipe Massa

WILLIAMS MERCEDES

+1 lap

2

10

Esteban Ocon

FORCE INDIA MERCEDES

+1 lap

1

11

Fernando Alonso

MCLAREN HONDA

+1 lap

0

12

Kevin Magnussen

HAAS FERRARI

+1 lap

0

13

Romain Grosjean

HAAS FERRARI

+1 lap

0

14

Pierre Gasly

TORO ROSSO

+1 lap

0

15

Jolyon Palmer

RENAULT

+1 lap

0

16

Nico Hulkenberg

RENAULT

+1 lap

0

17

Pascal Wehrlein

SAUBER FERRARI

+1 lap

0

18

Marcus Ericsson

SAUBER FERRARI

+2 laps

0

NC

Carlos Sainz

TORO ROSSO

DNF

0

NC

Kimi Räikkönen

FERRARI

DNS

0

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