Formula One: Verstappen wins final Malaysian Grand Prix


The final Formula One Malaysia Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) will be a bittersweet one for Azlan Akil (pic) who has never missed attending the race since Malaysia first hosted the race in 1999. However, the race is due to take place in the intense heat of the afternoon at 15:00 and if the sun is out track temperatures are likely to rocket above 50C. "But as I said, this evening we'll have time".

The race organiser made a decision to end the race then, with the final results being taken from the drivers' position as they crossed the line on lap five.

"When you get that close it's a disappointment", said Raikkonen. "From then on, I could race my own race".

His father, the former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, looked emotional as his son stood on the podium.

"The attraction for the Malaysian fans is the problem, especially since 2014". He led comfortably previous year but retired with an engine failure.

Vettel lost ground in the championship duel after crashing out at the start in Singapore last time out.

Lewis Hamilton says that title thoughts have not entered his mind, despite opening a 28-point advantage in the championship. Additionally, the SF70H is a much stronger auto than Ferrari's 2015 offering was.

Ferrari had swapped Vettel's engine after third practice. "Stroll's not looking where he's going". In a light-hearted moment, the German driver hitched a lift back to the paddock the novel way - by sitting on the side of countryman Pascal Wehrlein's Sauber. By lap 25, The Red Bull driver had a commanding lead - more than 9 seconds ahead of the Briton and continued to lead the grid throughout the race.

Singapore's Danial Frost, who finished second in the first two races held earlier today, was declared the victor of the third race. The BBC spoke with performance biochemist Dr Rob Child, who said it could have a negative effect for Hamilton midway through a season. "He did a fantastic job today".

"The last two races were not good - we are not happy", Vettel told reporters ahead of Sunday's crucial race.

"I just need to go step by step".

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are complementing each other extremely well and as Ricciardo has quoted, Max brings out the best in him.

Vettel drove like someone keen to defy the odds.

"It certainly didn't help that Lewis scored a lot of points, but that's the way it goes".

Raikkonen became 5/2 second favourite after qualifying with Verstappen available at 8/1 for the win. The last one comes in Austin. "It looked like both Mercedes were struggling in morning and afternoon so I m pretty sure they will be fine tomorrow". "But he only had one attack".

"I apologise unreservedly for the results of Race 3", said Asian Autosport Action chairman Peter Thompson.