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Max Verstappen wins Malaysian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton extends championship lead

Max Verstappen won the final edition of the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton finished second to extend his championship lead over Sebastian Vettel to 34 points.

other sports Updated: Oct 01, 2017 14:41 IST
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Max Verstappen secured just his second ever win in Formula 1 with a flawless drive at the Malaysian Grand Prix. (Twitter/Tom Coronel‏ )

Max Verstappen claimed the second victory of his career at the Malaysian Grand Prix, as Sebastian Vettel limited the damage caused by his qualifying nightmare.

Engine trouble prevented Vettel from posting a time on Saturday, forcing the German to start from the back of the grid while championship rival Lewis Hamilton - 28 points clear heading into Sunday’s race - sat on pole.

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But Mercedes’ fears about their race pace rang true when Verstappen, who turned 20 this weekend, overtook Hamilton on lap four.

The Dutchman set about stretching his advantage as Hamilton struggled to match his lap times, and he was a comfortable leader throughout, taking the chequered flag ahead of the Briton and Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

Vettel’s relentless charge through the field ultimately earned him a fourth-place finish, while he even threatened to grab third from Ricciardo late on. As a result, Hamilton only added six points to his advantage in the title race and now leads by 34.

It had threatened to be a shocking day for Ferrari after a turbo issue prevented Kimi Raikkonen from starting the race, but Vettel’s recovery will provide some consolation to the Scuderia.

That said, a coming together between Vettel and Williams driver Lance Stroll after the race had finished, which left the wrecked Ferrari needing to be lifted from the track, provided a bizarre ending to the race.

First Published: Oct 01, 2017 14:39 IST