Ricciardo trolls Verstappen with hilarious post-race antics

Ricciardo trolls Verstappen with hilarious post-race antics

Darren Sullivan
October 4, 2017

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen took his second career win in Formula One at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix.

"I think the whole race went well, once I got past Lewis I could focus on my pace and look after the tyres".

Two weeks ago in Singapore, Vettel started from pole position and looked set to regain the championship lead.

Before Malaysia, Verstappen's only podium came in April, at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Mercedes had struggled all weekend to make their auto work at Sepang, and despite starting and leading away from pole position, Hamilton was passed by Verstappen on lap 4 and eventually finished in second place, 13 seconds behind the Dutchman.

Ricciardo trolls Verstappen with hilarious post-race antics

Assuming Hamilton keeps up his impressive run of 20 successive scoring finishes, Vettel needs to win repeatedly and be supported by team mate Kimi Raikkonen.

The three-time champion, who won the Italian Grand Prix on last Sunday, is now standing at the top of the drivers' championship after winnings six out of 13 races this year. Raikkonen could well have challenged for a win, given Ferrari's pace and that he qualified in second place. Given the trouble that we have experienced with the vehicle, it is a good weekend.

Sunday also saw Red Bull claim their first double-podium finish in a year and the Red Bull garage are licking their lips in anticipation in what they can achieve between now and the end of the season. Verstappen has retired from seven of the past 12 races - mostly through mechanical gremlins - to find himself a whopping 96 points adrift of Ricciardo in the championship standings.

"This year I think we can just stay there or thereabouts. That's my goal in F1 and that's what I want to do", Ricciardo said during a week's break in Perth. "I can not tell because I don't drive his vehicle but obviously they had some issue - I don't know what it is exactly, I don't think any of us know - but we only know that we're out unfortunately". The result means that Hamilton extends his lead in the championship over Vettel from an overwhelming 28 to 34 points with only five races remaining.

"He drove a truly dominant race, making a sensational pass on Lewis and then really controlling the race from there". Hamilton finished the race nearly 13 seconds behind the Dutchman, as team mate Bottas ended in the fifth place behind Vettel. They fixed it quickly and it's a shame I couldn't get out - but we go tomorrow'.

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