Verstappen wins in Malaysia, Hamilton second

Motor racing-Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix starting grid

The Haas and Sauber drivers made up the bottom four, with Gorsjean's mechanics facing a late night to put his auto back together ahead of final practice session on Saturday. Before qualifying I was thinking of going back to the new package because Valtteri's and my times were very similar and Valtteri seemed really happy with it and so I didn't want to carry a penalty going into qualifying. So a surprise to be up here but I'm very grateful. "The vehicle felt good".

Because he failed to set a time in qualifying, the four-time F1 champion was starting the race from last place, so effectively the 20-place grid drop makes no difference.

He will start at the back of the grid despite being consistently quickest during practice.

"Well, I think it would have been more hard if I had lost the vehicle somewhere in the race, and it's obviously different but with a collision at the start like that, I think. that was when we had to go to the stewards", said Vettel.

Max Verstappen celebrated his birthday by winning the Malaysian Grand Prix in style on Sunday, while Lewis Hamilton finished second to extend his championship lead over Sebastian Vettel.

The Formula 4 South East Asia (F4 SEA) race, a support event at the Petronas Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix, ground to an embarrassing halt at the Sepang Circuit today. "I didn't sleep very well last night, probably like all my engineers as well, because we didn't know whether we were going to fix the issue or not".

"If it happened tomorrow it would be more of a problem". Two weeks ago, he was taken out on Turn 1 by Vettel and had to retire.

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Hamilton has a 28 point advantage over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel thanks to the German crashing out on the opening lap in Singapore from pole position and gifting him a third successive win.

Raikkonen was a first-bend casualty in the Singapore carnage along with Max Verstappen.

Track crew lifts the vehicle of Haas driver Romain Grosjean of France after it crashed out on Turn 14 during the second practice for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.

Asked by Sky F1 if the title was Hamilton's to lose and Vettel's best chance had gone, Alonso replied: "I think so".

"But I know I made the most out of it. It's always a special thing to be able to extract a little bit more out of the auto than it's particularly willing to go". We went back to one auto trying one, one vehicle trying another.

Verstappen and Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo traded fastest times throughout the session, ultimately finishing P1 and P2 respectively in the final classification.

Qualifying is on Saturday at 7am and 9am and the race starts on Sunday at 9am.

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