Vettel behind as Verstappen takes second career win
A difficult weekend for Ferrari. Problems during practice left Vettel’s car requiring a replacement engine. Problems persisted and left Vettel starting the Malaysian from the back of the grid. His team mate Raikkonen looked due to take pole position from the qualifying leader Hamilton on his final qualifying lap, but ran slightly wide due to a suspected lock up on the final corner, leaving him with second on the grid, with Max Verstappen the last of the top three.
As Race day unfolded, Ferrari’s problems persisted, with Kimi Raikkonen’s SF70H being taken to the garage before the formation lap and unable to make the final grid.
Max Verstappen pushed his Redbull to an early lead, maintaining a reasonable gap to 2nd place Lewis Hamilton throughout the race. After a troubling season for Max with all sorts of issues effecting his results, from reliability to contact, it was great to see the Dutchman taking the second win of his career, on his 20th Birthday weekend., emotionally celebrated by his family.
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Hamilton finished in second place, with Riccardo in 3rd. Vettel managed to Bring his Ferrari up to 4th place, even getting close enough to make a single challenge on Riccardo during the closing laps before his tyres couldn’t keep up the pace.
This leaves Vettel even more points behind the current championship leader Hamilton, 281 as apposed to 247, and Ferrari trailing Mercedes in the constructors by 118points, and with Redbulls two podium places, if they can keep up the pace, may allow them to close the 115point gap to Ferrari.