F1: Verstappen Wins Final Malaysian GP - a Double Podium for Red Bull

Verstappen and Ricciardo get a little too confident by throwing the mixtures into the air

Hamilton stretched his lead over the Ferrari driver to 34 points but lost out to Red Bull's 20-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen.

With Mercedes the third-quickest auto on race pace, Hamilton admits he is unsure if there will be a repeat next weekend at Suzuka.

"We have done an exceptional job with what we have".

When asked if the level of doubt was the same as happened after Monaco, he said: "I think they are even bigger".

Both Red Bull and Ferrari were quicker than Mercedes for much of the weekend and, even though the team now head to the Japanese Grand Prix in a week's time in a stronger position, Hamilton admits there is work to be done on an inconsistent auto.

Wolff also believes that without Ferrari's reliability struggles, with Vettel starting from the back on Sunday and Kimi Raikkonen not at all, Mercedes' pace would only have been good enough for fifth. We definitely have work to do, that is for sure. "Obviously the race wasn't going on so it wasn't intentional for either of us", said the eighth-placed finisher.

"People have been saying all year long that we've got the best vehicle". I feel good but I think we have some work to do with the auto.

As Verstappen controlled the race out front, Ricciardo set about trying to catch Hamilton, but in the end the Mercedes was out of reach and Ricciardo had to focus on the threat from Vettel. The German, who trials Hamilton by 28 points at 235 in Driver Standings, will start the race from the last spot.

"We have the whole race tomorrow to get back and we have to look at the positives that we have more tyres than everyone and we can maybe play with the strategy if it's a day where it could pay off to play with strategy", Vettel said.

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"We knew going into the race that [Ferrari] had eight tenths on us, so it's no surprise".

Formula One F1 - Malaysia Grand Prix - Sepang, Malaysia- October 1, 2017.

Malaysia are yet to be beaten at Suzuka in F1's current turbo era, with Hamilton winning in 2014-2015 and Nico Rosberg past year. But who would have thought the Ferraris would have problems?

"When you have a hard day, when the s**t really hits the fan, that is when there are more questions and you go into more detail". When I needed to speed up I had the pace to do it, so that was of course very pleasing. He would have certainly had a strong support from the team if they went ahead and chose him over a more experienced Kvyat for the weekend.

"As a result, we ended up in the secondary group, running a little slower than our true pace, and could not overtake". It was heart in mouth stuff as all three hit the first corner together, yet the two youngsters reacted brilliantly to get away with no contact, with the Belgian keeping his place in tenth.

"Saw Lewis was struggling a bit with traction, he was slipping a bit more than me".

If it rains all bets are off, but wet conditions during first practice suggested Red Bulls would have the egde.

"When you get that close it´s a disappointment", said Raikkonen.

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