Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull team must grow wings next year

Ricciardo threw himself into the action and quickly displayed his cocktail making abilities

Ricciardo threw himself into the action and quickly displayed his cocktail making abilities

Red Bull's Max Verstappen ended his birthday weekend in triumphant style with a dominant victory in yesterday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Vettel could have to take a bit more pain soon though, as that odd post-race crash with Stroll could have damaged the Ferrari's gearbox. Hamilton's Mercedes had no answer to Verstappen's pace and finished a lonely second ahead of the other Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.

"I think the whole race went well, once I got past Lewis I could focus on my pace and look after the tyres".

"I was having problems with de-rate at the beginning of the race and struggling with battery power".

When asked about the championship situation with Vettel, Hamilton said: "I feel good but we have some work to do with the auto".

"As a team, we want to get maximum points out of any race with two cars and obviously for Seb we hope he's going to make a good recovery but it's not going to change my race".

Max Verstappen took the race win having passed pole-sitter Hamilton at the start of lap four and then pulling away from the Brit easily. I think we felt we would be in good shape.

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Hamilton extended his lead in the Formula One world championship over his rival, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, to 34 points but he has also insisted his team have a major task ahead of them to ensure he has the best possible chance of securing his fourth title in the remaining five races.

"It's further cause to continue to believe in ourselves: we have the vehicle, the men, the drivers, the means and the spirit to fight all the way to the finish". "We do have some big problems with it".

It was a disappointing day for Ferrari at this race, as Kimi Raikkonen had engine issues and was pulled into the garage, never starting the race as Ferrari mechanics worked in vain to get the Finn back to the start. "On the short runs it is simple things, we can add some front wing and be more aggressive on one lap with the tire".

Verstappen took full advantage of Ferrari's misfortune by settling into second place, before passing pole-sitter Hamilton on lap four, an overtake which impressed his father. Valtteri Bottas, in the other Mercedes vehicle, finished fifth. I have no idea where it will be an issue and where it will be fine.

"I really had to make a decision when Max was closing me down", he said.

"We were quicker than anticipated, to be honest with you".

"I don't know if he was unhappy about it or whatever but it didn't seem over aggressive from my side, it didn't feel like I did a real late move or anything".

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