Max Verstappen had the honour of winning the final Malaysian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo joined him on the podium. Sebastian Vettel conjured up a heroic drive to finish 4th while teammate Raikkonen didn’t make the start. Valtteri Bottas struggled to keep up and finished 5th. The race started in damp conditions and the track soon dried up. There were bits and pieces of action on track and even during the buildup to the weekend. Essentially Sports sums up the final Malaysian GP in meme form.
Toro Rosso surprised everyone with the announcement that Daniil Kvyat was being ‘rested’ and reserve driver Pierre Gasly was being given an early debut. Interestingly enough, the last time Daniil Kvyat was substituted off, Max Verstappen promptly went and won a race. It was Spain 2016 when Red Bull promoted Verstappen to the senior team and Kvyat was downgraded. Max went on to win his first race with Red Bull while Kvyat struggled all the way. In an ironic twist of coincidence, Kvyat was subbed off again and Verstappen repeated the feat in Malaysia. Hmm… Red Bull need to do this more often.
Who’s Afraid of Pennywise the Clown?
During the second practice session, Haas F1’s Romain Grosjean brought out the red flags. What happened was that Bottas’ Mercedes and Raikkonen’s Ferrari dislodged a drain cover and Romain ran right over it. As a result, the rear of the car smashed into the open drain and the Frenchman got pitched into a wild spin. Of course, social media saw dug deep into their humour cockpits and came up with a few good memes. One of the best memes came from former F1 driver Giedo van der Garde. The Dutchman posted a picture of Grosjean on the kerb and just under the kerb was Pennywise the Clown. For the uninitiated, Pennywise is a character from the horror movie ‘It’.
Another Tortuous Year for Kimi?
Kimi Raikkonen has had an unbelievable amount of bad luck this season. He has come close to victory only a few times with the most notable one being Monaco. However, circumstances led to another and he just missed out on a victory. With a front row start in Malaysia and Ferrari looking strong, it seemed like Raikkonen would finally break the jinx. Sadly we spoke too soon, a power unit issue forced Kimi into the pitlane where the Ferrari team began a race against time to sort the issue. They lost and Raikkonen was out. It was a crying shame as he was really in a good position.