Ricciardo trolls Verstappen with hilarious post-race antics


Red Bull's Max Verstappen gave himself a flawless 20th birthday present by winning the last Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, while Lewis Hamilton stretched his Formula One world championship lead to 34 points.

But Mercedes' fears about their race pace rang true when Verstappen, who turned 20 this weekend, overtook Hamilton on lap four.

Verstappen grabbed the lead from then race leader Hamilton on lap 4.

But that success was tempered by concerns over the pace of his vehicle, with Hamilton failing to convert his pole position into a win and Vettel fighting his way from the back of the grid to take fourth place.

"The vehicle was unbelievable, if I had to speed up I could".

"It's wonderful, a very tough race but incredible to win".

Hamilton had endured a torrid Friday as his Mercedes took a dislike to an aerodynamic upgrade package.

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"Probably if you look at the real pace today, it would have been P5 (fifth place)". "Considering the issues we had with the vehicle, it's a good weekend".

"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 think Sebastian was quick at the end of the race because he ran his race back to front".

Vettel, meanwhile, was handed a 20-place grid penalty after Ferrari made several component changes to his engine before the race. Vettel led the championship until Monza and Hamilton took a 28-point lead after the German crashed out on the first lap at the last round in Singapore. We were running less downforce than the others - we don't have the T wing or the Carry wing on here, and we found a very good setup and the drivers have delivered their bit as well.

Hamilton also gave Petronas and the Malaysian home fans something to cheer about as he stretched his World Championship advantage to 34 points over second-placed Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.

"Obviously we had some issue, I don't know what it is exactly, I don't think any of us know right now", Raikkonen said after the race. But for now, the day went to Verstappen, who is hoping that this victory will snap his bad streak of not finishing in the last seven out of 14 races before his win here.

Vettel's relentless charge through the field ultimately earned him a fourth-place finish, while he even threatened to grab third from Ricciardo late on. But, as title rival Vettel battled his way forward from the back, Hamilton did not have it all his own way and was soon reeled in and passed by Verstappen at the start of lap four.