The Malaysian Grand Prix can be a bit daunting for some F1 drivers, especially when it rains and tracks get pretty slippers. Thankfully, the rains did not cause major havoc at Sepang and fans were thrilled to see their favorite drivers battle it out and compete fiercely as the season comes to a close.
Verstappen Celebrates Birthday In Style
The young Max Verstappen from Red Bull Racing celebrated his 20th birthday a day before the race and received a fitting present by finishing in first place to win the Malaysian Grand Prix and pick up 25 points. The 20 year old Belgian-Dutch racer has always had enormous potential but has usually been overshadowed by his peers such as Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. This was Verstappen’s second grand prix win as his first grand prix win was in 2016 when he won in Spain.
Verstappen signed with Red Bull in 2017 but hasn’t had the best of seasons. He has retired in 7 races this season but came back strong in Sepang to give team Red Bull their second Grand Prix victory this season as Ricciardo got Red Bull their first win in Baku.
Lewis Hamilton Has 34 Point Lead
This was an important race for Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who had occupied the first spot on the F1 leaderboard a few races ago before Britian’s Lewis Hamilton hit a purple patch and won back to back Grand Prix’s which helped him take first place build a sizeable lead. However Vettel wasn’t able to create magic at the Malaysian Grand Prix and ended up finishing in fourth place.
Lewis Hamilton had another good race and though he was unable to beat out Max Verstappen, he came in second and collected 18 points. While Vettel will be disappointed with his performance, he still managed to collect 12 points and keep the leaderboard race alive as it is still possible for him to come from behind and regain the number one spot, provided he does well in the next couple of races. Hamilton is currently on 281 points, Vettel is in second place with 247 points and in third place is V Bottas with 222 points.
Hamilton Not Far From Retirement
The 32 year old Mercedes driver is having a great run and would like to finish this season in first place and prove all of his doubters wrong. Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes will come to an end next season and it will be interesting to see what decision he ends up making. Hamilton has spoken about retirement on two different occasions this year and has confirmed that once he retires, he will walk away from motorsport and only be a spectator.
Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff is very happy with Hamilton and his performance as he is Mercedes biggest star. Wolff stated that Hamilton was currently thinking only about the present and that the company was happy to give him the freedom to be and express himself as he wished as it helped his overall performance.