Max Verstappen wins the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix

Red Bull team-mates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen swapped the track for the bar

Lewis Hamilton says he had the title fight in mind when Max Verstappen caught him in the opening stages of the Malaysian Grand Prix, a race he doubts Mercedes had a chance of winning on raw pace. He has been the best driver in the series outside of Hamilton.

He could be helped by a grid penalty for Vettel in Japan next weekend. Vettel's gearbox was damaged in a freaky collision between Vettel and Lance Stroll's Williams on the slow down lap after the race. "But always unlucky situations", Marko said.

"We can not be distracted by the fact we got lucky again this weekend", said Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.

"I think we've got to prove that we can win a title".

It had threatened to be a shocking day for Ferrari after a turbo issue prevented Kimi Raikkonen from starting the race, but Vettel's recovery will provide some consolation to the Scuderia.

This leaves him 34 points behind Hamilton with 5 race left this season.Kimi Raikkonen, who was due to start second didn't even start the race, on account of turbo issues on his vehicle.

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

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We have a very quick auto and we saved some tyres.

"I don't know which one of these next races are going to be good for us but we'll do everything we can to try and stay ahead".

But the German has slipped to 34 points behind the Mercedes driver with five races to go and a maximum of 125 points still available. "Hopefully it won't be so bad".

Despite Hamilton's pole position, Mercedes struggled all weekend with what team-boss Toto Wolff described as a "capricious" vehicle. But I think globally that we don't have the best vehicle and we've done an exceptional job with what we have. I can't explain to you what they are, but we really need to make sure we rectify them for next year's vehicle if we are going to have any chance of fighting both of these teams [Red Bull and Ferrari] next year when they step up their game.

"I hope not. I think we have it under control", he said when asked if reliability could be an issue.

Verstappen made short work of Hamilton to take the lead in the early stages, and while the Mercedes was slow on the straights at that stage because his battery pack was de-rating, he conceded that it was unlikely he could have kept the Red Bull behind anyway. He had been driving well all weekend and it is very unfortunate for him, ' he said. "You've seen a couple from Sebastian".

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