P2 and P5 for Mercedes in Malaysia
It was a tough Malaysian Grand Prix for the team on Sunday, but both drivers secured top points in the championship.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport driver, Lewis Hamilton, started the race in pole position, while teammate Valtteri Bottas started in P5 at the Sepang International Circuit.
Both drivers had a good start and were in P1 and P3 by the end of Lap 1.
However, the Red Bulls were too strong in the Malaysian heat and both drivers overtook Lewis and Valtteri with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport drivers finding themselves in P2 and P4 until Lap 20 respectively.
Lewis pitted on Lap 26 to change his Supersoft compound tyres for a set of Soft tyres, while Valtteri entered the pits two laps later on the same strategy.
As the laps progressed, Valtteri was overtaken and found himself in P5.
As the chequered flag was waved, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen crossed the finish line in P1 to become the youngest driver to win two F1 races. Lewis finished 12s behind in P2 and Valtteri in P5.
Lewis (281) still gained points in the Drivers’ Championship, putting him 34 points ahead of Vettel (247). Valtteri (222) is still in P3.
The top 5 finish for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (503) meant that their lead at the top of the Constructors’ Championship increased to 118 points ahead of Ferrari (385).
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