Max Verstappen who turned 20
celebrated his birthday in style when he won the Malaysian Grand Prix on
October 1, 2017 for his team Red Bull Racing beating Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton
who came in second. Verstappen’s team mate Daniel Ricciardo held off Sebastian Vettel
of Ferrari for the third spot. The Ferrari driver narrowly missed out on a
podium having started from the back of the grid.
Force India’s Sergio Perez
came in 6th while his team mate Esteban Ocon came in 10 to be be
among the points.
Red Bull Racing
After winning an opening-lap
tussle with the Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes to seize second place, Verstappen
took the lead from polesitter Hamilton on the fourth lap. And as the Mercedes
driver struggled a little, the Dutchman notorious for his crashes never looked
back and controlled the race to win by 12.7s.
Ricciardo, meanwhile, fought and beat Bottas before facing stiff
competition late in the race from back-row starter Vettel, who drove a
brilliant race. Vettel got close enough for a long look down the inside in Turn
1 on the 49th lap, but Ricciardo held his ground. That proved to be the tipping
point, as Vettel’s challenge faded as his tyres began to go off and his engine
gave cause for concern.
The result means that Hamilton
is now 34 points ahead of Vettel with five races remaining.
Sergio Perez came in 6th
for Force India despite feeling unwell. Esteban Ocon pitted his Force India early
after contact with Massa in Turn 2 at the start, when he got squeezed between
his team mate and the Williams, sustaining a puncture. After that he did a
grand job to take the final point after doing 54 laps on a set of soft tyres.
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