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. It feels like it is getting worse as the season goes on but it has been great in other races.
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.
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The race itself was won by Red Bull's Max Verstappen, whose season of torrid luck dramatically turned around when he passed Lewis Hamilton for the lead on lap four and simply cruised off into the distance.
Sebastian Vettel is listed with +1800 odds to win this race after having problems in qualifying that will have him starting 20.
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With teammate and championship contender Sebastian Vettel failing to set a time in qualifying after suffering with a turbo problem, Raikkonen seemed to be struck by an nearly identical problem on his way to the grid on Sunday. Raikkonen could well have challenged for a win, given Ferrari's pace and that he qualified in second place.
"We must not forget we are talking about the vehicle that leads the constructors championship and leads the drivers' championship, it is not a lame duck", he added.
Vettel recovered to finish fourth in the race and slipped to a 34-point deficit against Hamilton with just five rounds remaining this season. I didn't expect we'd have seven podiums by now.
It came 24 hours after Vettel failed to progress beyond first qualifying due to a power problem and two weeks after the Ferrari pair, together with Verstappen, crashed out at the first corner of the Singapore GP. Vettel started from the back of the grid, but managed a fourth place finish.
The most important takeaway from all this is that Hamilton is now up 35 points in the championship race. "It was the best I could really do", he said. "I think the end of the second stint was looking a little bit better but underlying the vehicle was still having some big problems in some corners, I think Max was just managing the pace.so I don't think we had the pace". They fixed it quickly and it's a shame I couldn't get out - but we go tomorrow'.