How Red Bull stole the Malaysian Grand Prix

How Red Bull stole the Malaysian Grand Prix

Mercedes floundering at a circuit where it should've thrived, yet still building its championship lead; Ferrari fastest but not on the podium; Red Bull truly dominant for the first in time years. Formula 1's farewell to Malaysia was bizarre

The Malaysian Grand Prix was bizarre in so many ways: underpowered Red Bull winning on a track with many full-throttle sections; Mercedes struggling badly on a circuit that features enough high-speed corners and straights to ordinarily suit its strengths; Ferrari dropping yet more points in the world championship thanks to freak engine failures on a weekend where it undoubtedly had the fastest car.

That the race finished with Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari stranded on the track with its left-rear corner folded over the top of the car, after a collision on the slowing down lap, somehow encapsulated the strangeness of Formula 1's final race in Malaysia.

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