It was a bittersweet moment for everyone at the stands as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen crossed the finish line to emerge champion at the last ever Malaysia GP.
Max Verstappen, who started third on the grid, saw Lewis Hamilton struggling with traction and took the chance to overtake the British racer on the fourth lap, and the race was his from then on.
“I think in the beginning, straight away the car felt good and I saw Lewis struggling a bit with traction and he was clipping a bit more than me, so I used my battery as much as I could so I went for it in Turn 1 and from there I could my own race.” Verstappen told the media after the race.
“The car was unbelievable. I had pace. If I needed to speed up I sped up. Yeah, it’s amazing. It’s a very tough race but of course incredible to win.” he added.
The win was also Verstappen’s 20th birthday present to himself – Belgian-Dutch racer turned 20 on Saturday.
“It was a very tough race and the whole week already I was not feeling too well, so that also doesn’t help in the toughest race of the season but luckily I managed to hold on so that was all good.”
Verstappen finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton with an impressive 12.7 seconds clear of the latter. Redbull racer, Daniel Ricciardo also clinched a podium finish by coming in third. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished fourth.
Here’s the highlights from the race: