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Malaysian Grand Prix 2017
Max Verstappen

 
MAX Verstappen took his first victory of the Formula 1 season with a dominant drive in the final Malaysian GP, as Sebastian Vettel recovered from starting last to take fourth. Red Bullís Verstappen passed pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton into Turn 1 on lap four at Sepang and from there controlled the race to take the second win of his career. Hamilton finished 12.7 seconds adrift in second, with Red Bullís Daniel Ricciardo completing the podium in third. Ferrariís Vettel, running a new spec engine, hunted Ricciardo down in the closing laps, but had his challenge cooled when his team told him to back off because of concern over engine temperatures.

There was drama for Ferrari before the start as Kimi Raikkonen, who was due to start second, suffered a turbo problem, and though the team tried to rectify it, it was unable to do so before the race began, forcing him into retirement.
 

Hamilton got away cleanly from pole, with Verstappen holding off a fast-starting Valtteri Bottas to take second, and Ricciardo slotting into fourth. Verstappen then set about closing the gap to Hamilton and once he was in DRS range, the Red Bull driver was able to launch a move down the inside at Turn 1.
His teammate Ricciardo hustled Bottas, getting alongside around the outside of Turn 1 and though the Finn held on around the outside of Turn 2 to get the place back, Ricciardo had the momentum to pass into Turn 4. Further back, Vettel was making strong progress, climbing up to 12th by lap two and eighth by the end of lap 11.
Hamilton was the first of the frontrunners to pit for the first and only time at the end of lap 26, the Mercedes driver swapping super-softs for a fresh set of soft tyres.
Race leader Verstappen reacted the next lap, taking the softs, too, and rejoining ahead of Hamilton. Ricciardo inherited the lead, but relinquished it to Verstappen, who led Hamilton by around nine seconds, when he pitted two laps later.

 

As Verstappen controlled the race out front, Ricciardo set about trying to catch Hamilton, but in the end the Mercedes was out of reach and Ricciardo had to focus on the threat from Vettel. Vettel got close enough to launch one attack into Turn 1, but Ricciardo slammed the door shut in front of him, and after that Vettel was forced to back off.
Bottas finished a lonely fifth with Force Indiaís Sergio Perez having a clean race to take sixth. Stoffel Vandoorne made a strong start, rising up to fifth from seventh, but he did not have the pace to match Vettel and Perez and ended up seventh for the second successive race.

 

DANIEL RICCIARDO (Red Bull)

Grand Prix of Malaysia

Pos.  Driver Team Time  
1.  D. Ricciardo Red Bull  1:37:12.776  
2.  M. Verstappen Red Bull  +0:02.443  
3.  N. Rosberg Mercedes  +0:25.516  
4.  K. Raikkonen Ferrari  +0:28.785  
5.  V. Bottas Williams  +1:01.582  
6.  S. Perez Force India  +1:03.794  
7.  F. Alonso McLaren  +1:05.205  
8.  N. Hulkenberg Force India  +1:14.062  
9.  J. Button McLaren  +1:21.816  
10.  J. Palmer Renault  +1:35.466  
11.  C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso  +1:38.878  
12.  M. Ericsson Sauber  Lapped  
13.  F. Massa Williams  Lapped  
14.  D. Kvyat Torro Rosso  Lapped  
15.  P. Wehrlein Manor  Lapped  
16.  E. Ocon Manor  Lapped  
F. Nasr Sauber  Retired (46)  
L. Hamilton Mercedes  Retired (40)  
E. Gutierrez Haas F1  Retired (39)  
K. Magnussen Renault  Retired (17)  
R. Grosjean Haas F1  Retired (7)  
S. Vettel Ferrari  retired (0)  

 


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Max Verstappen and Hamilton at Sepang

Year    Driver Team    Speed Pitstops    Time
2016 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull     1:37:12.776
2015 Sebastian Vettel Mercedes     1:41:05.793
2014 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes     1:59:431
2013 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull - Renault 188.231 km 3 1:38:56,681
2012  Fernando Alonso Ferrari     2:44:51
2011   Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault     1:41.53,9
2010    Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault     1:33:48,412
2009    Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes     0:55:30,622
2008    Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari     2    1:31:18,555 
2007    Fernando Alonso McLaren     2    1:30:40,529  
2006    Giancarlo Fisichella Renault     2    1:30:40,529  
2005    Fernando Alonso Renault     2    1:31:33,736  
2004    MichaelSchumacher    Ferrari     3    1:31:07,490   
2003    Kimi Raikkonen    McLaren     2    1:32:22,195   
2002    Ralf Schumacher    Williams     1    1:34:12,912   
2001    Michael Schumacher    Ferrari     2    1:47:34,801   
2000    Michael Schumacher    Ferrari     2    1:35:54,235   
1999    Eddie Irvine    Ferrari        1:36:38,494   

 

 


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