Pilot Red bull Verstappen won the Malaysian Grand Prix

Pilot Red bull Verstappen won the Malaysian Grand Prix”

"People have been talking all year that we have the best auto", he said.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has claimed the chequered flag at the Malaysia Grand Prix.

Vettel started from the back of the grid after engine problems on Saturday, while Raikkonen did not start at all.

Mercedes's Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas finished fifth.

As well as losing further ground to Mercedes in the constructors' championship, Vettel also dropped points to title rival Lewis Hamilton, whose second-place finish allowed the Briton to extend his lead in the drivers' standings to 34 points.

"It's just so painful". "We can definitely be quick in the wet". Raikkonen bobbled during his qualifying run and opened the door for Hamilton to take the poll, which he did.

"They have had the strongest race pace this weekend and will be a serious threat in the race". Vettel, on the other hand, managed to start the race from dead last, suffering from the same problem as Raikkonen the day before.

This has reportedly led to Ferrari and Mercedes to "harden up their interest" in Verstappen and are prepared to make him "one of the richest drivers in the sport's history" by offering him a £20million-a-year contract.

"It's a step toward trying to win this world championship, so every point counts", Hamilton said.

Mercedes encountered problems with tire set up and rear balance issues earlier in the season, when Ferrari was on top. "Of course, I had great help from Red Bull", said Verstappen.

He said: "In the beginning the auto felt good. Dipping in and out of the window is the fundamental story of 2017", Wolff said. How can we fix our issues?

"To be polite, crashing after the race is not good", he said.

Vettel set the fastest lap and a lap record on his charge through the field on Sunday even as Mercedes struggled for the second weekend in a row with a auto described by team boss Toto Wolff as "capricious". "If we start ahead, we win the race", he said.

Hamilton rarely gets beaten for pace, especially when starting from pole position. He has done a fantastic job today. "There was nothing I could do".

Although this result is far better than the team could have expected before the weekend, Hamilton says there are still things to work on coming out of it.

Verstappen and Ricciardo made it a brilliant weekend for Red Bull in Malaysia, finishing first and third respectively.

"Anything can happen - you saw that in Singapore two weeks ago how everything can change".

Vettel trails Hamilton by 28 points at the top of the drivers' standings and it looks nearly certain that the German will lose more ground on Sunday.

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