Red Bull’s Max Verstappen gave himself a perfect 20th birthday present by winning the last Malaysian GP, with teammate Daniel Ricciardo joining him on the podium in third.
It was Red Bull’s first double-podium this year.
Lewis Hamilton stretched his world championship lead to 34 points with title rival Sebastian Vettel finishing fourth.
“Super, super job Max. Welcome to being a 20-year-old,” team boss Christian Horner said over the radio after his driver took the chequered flag 12.7 seconds clear of Hamilton.
“Great start to a new decade for you, well done.”
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) October 1, 2017
Alrighty not too shabby. Double podium for the team. It's been a long time coming but we all got to enjoy some champagne today. Cheers 🍾
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) October 1, 2017
The victory was the second of Verstappen’s grand prix career, after a first in Spain last year, and came a day after his birthday.
It also snapped a streak of bad luck for the Dutchman that has seen him retire from seven of the 15 races so far this season.
He sealed it with a daring pass on Hamilton on the fourth of 56 laps and never looked back, moving sister Victoria and father Jos, a former Formula One driver, to tears as he crossed the finish line.
“You know, especially after the season I’ve had, I think this victory came at a very good time,” Verstappen told reporters.
“So I was very happy when I crossed the line and together with my dad I got this far and of course I got the great help from Red Bull.
“It’s amazing, a very tough race but incredible to win,” he added.