Horner confident in Red Bull speed

Horner confident in Red Bull speed

That's the opinion of the team's head of motorsport, Toto Wolff.

Hamilton, who now leads the championship race with a 34 point advantage over second-placed Sebastian Vettel, said it was decent result considering issues he faced with his auto.

However, the stewards ruled that "neither driver was wholly or predominantly to blame" for the incident with Stroll, and BBC Sport understands Ferrari will not be able to claim "force majeure" as a reason to get a free gearbox change if one is necessary. Hamilton finished the race nearly 13 seconds behind the Dutchman, as team mate Bottas ended in the fifth place behind Vettel. This meant, the Ferrari driver would start last on the grid.

Force India's Sergio Perez finished sixth, a shade above McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne, who managed to match his best F1 result by finishing in seventh.

"It's just so painful". "You know, especially after the season I've had, I think this victory came at a very good time", said Verstappen, whose father Jos - a former Formula One driver himself - and sister Victoria were moved to tears.

Sebastian Vettel is listed with +1800 odds to win this race after having problems in qualifying that will have him starting 20. "I don't think we had the pace". Raikkonen was perfectly placed to help him, sitting ahead of both Mercedes cars on the grid. On top of this, Vettel and Williams driver Lance Stroll collided on the slow-down lap after the race causing a great deal of damage to Vettel's vehicle.

Vettel's Ferrari teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, didn't even start despite qualifying second.

'It is always a special thing when you are able to extract a little more out of the auto than it is willing to do'.

I'm not too anxious about the point difference, says Sebastian Vettel
But Mercedes were in the ball park from the start of qualifying and Hamilton pulled out another stunning lap to secure pole. Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo filled the second row, with Valtteri Bottas fifth in the second Mercedes .

"We have done an exceptional job with what we have. Dipping in and out of the window is the fundamental story of 2017 for us". "We are looking at our own level of performance. Benefiting from Ferrari's problems shouldn't hide that they have (been quicker) this race".

"This double podium is a very positive result for us". Raikkonen then qualified in second place but was unable to start the race as he too suffered power unit trouble on the way to the grid. He then got to within four seconds of Hamilton before a unusual decision to keep him out for four laps more than his competitors put his chances of a top 2 finish to bed. "When he passed me he was pulling away eight-tenths (of a second) quicker".

"The whole weekend has been a bit up and down in terms of happiness with the auto", said Verstappen. "Problems happening throughout the weekend that are just not acceptable for this great team".

Mercedes struggled in Malaysia due to overheating tyres.

"Seb came so quickly towards the end, I felt that I was going to have his hands full, spoke of the Australian".

"We need to see but I am sure we will find a way", he said. Hamilton, however, has won three of four races since that time and has a cushion of 34 points ahead of the German with five races to negotiate.

Quickly promoted from Toro Rosso after a season and four races, the Dutchman, whose dad Jos drove for Red Bull predecessors Stewart GP, attracted attention from both Ferrari and Mercedes for his swashbuckling and courageous style.

Vettel said he was optimistic he would avoid a penalty in Japan.