Vettel: Ferrari has problems under control

Ricciardo turns on the style by catching the bottle behind his back as Verstappen watches

Ricciardo turns on the style by catching the bottle behind his back as Verstappen watches

And Hamilton couldn't live with the pace of the Red Bull and Ferrari throughout the weekend in Malaysia.

The victory - the second of the season Red Bull after Ricciardo's triumph in Azerbaijan - will do wonders for Verstappen's state of mind, not least because of the rumours continuing to swirl around his future at Tilbrook caused by the unreliability of his auto, but Verstappen's talent has been much-courted since his arrival on the grid in 2015.

'The first Q3 lap was very well put together, a very nice lap and I don't know where it came from to be honest, so I surprised myself.

The final Petronas Malaysia Formula 1 Grand Prix race went out with the kind of bang it deserved.

After that he ran his own race, neither challenging Verstappen nor being challenged by Ricciardo.

Sebastian Vettel is listed with +1800 odds to win this race after having problems in qualifying that will have him starting 20.

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"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".

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Hamilton is nearly at the point where a string of second places would be enough for him to be world champion for a fourth time, even if Vettel were to finish first in every remaining race. I have a good feeling about it.

It was an unhappy Valtteri Bottas who finished fifth for Mercedes, ending the race 50 seconds after Verstappen. Hamilton, however, still accomplished what he came to do-extend his lead over Sebastian Vettel in the championship race, with Hamilton finishing second in Sepang and Vettel down in fourth place.

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"I did not really know how close Max was and I was having some problems with the vehicle and was struggling with battery power", said the Brit.

"I said when Max's luck would change it would change in a dramatic way and it's hard to believe the last time he was on the podium was at the beginning of April in China".

After a short battle, the Aussie started to pull away once again, with Ferrari telling Vettel to back down.

Verstappen grabbed the lead from then race leader Hamilton on lap 4. "There is stuff you don't even know about that has been happening through the weekend that is not acceptable for this great team and we all know that and need to work on those areas".

"I thought Mercedes would lead the pack and we would be a bit closer to Ferrari", Ricciardo said.

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