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Verstappen takes race victory in Sepang as Vettel minimises the damage // Hamilton finishes second as Red Bull lead

Published by Christine Blachford

Verstappen takes race victory in Sepang as Vettel minimises the damage
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Lewis Hamilton's pole position saw him lead the race in Malaysia initially, but he couldn't stop the charge of Max Verstappen, who overtook the leading Mercedes and never looked back, taking his second victory in Formula One. Joined on the podium by teammate Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull had a really good day.

Results at Ferrari, however, were mixed, and perhaps not in the way anyone could have predicted. Kimi Räikkönen failed to make the start of the race, after his car suffered a turbo problem on the installation lap to the grid. Vettel, meanwhile, benefitted from an engine change that propelled him from last place on the grid to fourth - minimising the damage to his championship challenge that could have been inflicted if the race had finished as qualifying did.

Elsewhere, Sainz had an electrical issue that saw his race over midway through, whilst Pierre Gasly finished a solid but unspectacular 14th on his F1 debut.