A commanding drive saw the Red Bull driver Max Verstappen soundly beat Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, with team mate Daniel Ricciardo holding off Sebastian Vettel for third – the Ferrari driver narrowly missing out on a podium having started from the back of the grid.

Allow us to give you a run down of the top five moments from this weekends racing, from both on and off the race circuit.

1. Racing or Rallying?

The free practice sessions in Formula One give the drivers and teams a chance to gather information on the car and prepare for qualifying, but how about trying another form of motorsport?

Malaysia's unpredictable weather caught out a number of drivers during the practice sessions and qualifying, with Wehrlein, Palmer and even the prancing horses trying their hand at some autocross, now all we need is some dirt tyres!

2. Raikkonen's Career Change.

It was a tough day for Kimi, with technical issues forcing the Ferrari to head into the pits on the formation lap it left a gaping hole on the front row of the grid. However, all was not lost, as Kimi soon found something far more exciting than his F1 car, the team lorry!

Here's what Kimi had to say about the day:

"We don’t know what happened today, it’s too early to say. The car had been working perfectly all weekend and suddenly, out of nothing, we had an issue. It’s one of those things that unfortunately can happen. Car and speed wise we have been very good, but then unfortunately Seb had problems yesterday and we had ours today. I’m pretty sure that I would have had a very good car today, but obviously you never know and it’s pointless to start guessing. We have a good package, but we have to take the most out of it. What happened today is very disappointing and hurts all of us, but there’s nothing we can change right now. The next race is a new challenge again, we’ll go there as in any race weekend, and then we’ll see where we are."

3. Happy Birthday Max!

Max Verstappen celebrated his 20th birthday weekend by doing exactly what he wanted to do - winning a Grand Prix from the front. Both Red Bulls looked feisty off the line, with Verstappen keeping Hamilton honest for a few laps before taking the first opportunity provided to pass the Mercedes on lap four. From there he drove a fault-free race to record his second Grand Prix victory.

Here's what Max said:

“It is amazing to win the race today. Straight away I could see our pace was good and that Lewis was struggling with traction. I just went for it and used all the battery power I could to get past him. I knew that he was fighting for the championship and wouldn’t take too many risks, so I went for it. As soon as I passed Lewis I knew from there onwards I could control the race. The car was really good and our pace on the soft tyre was better than I expected."

4. The Strangest Accident Ever?

Sebastian Vettel started last on the grid after technical problems stopped the German setting a qualifying time on Saturday. All eyes were on Vettel to see if he could scythe his way through the field and he didn't disappoint although his progress was eased by many midfield runners pitting in front of him.​He made it all the way to fourth, pressurising Ricciardo ahead before dropping back to manage his tyres.

It looked like Ferrari were going to end a torrid weekend on a high - until Stroll's Williams collided with the German on the warm down lap, leaving him to hitch a ride home with Wehrlein...

5. Farewell Malaysia.

In the mid 1990s, Malaysia was undergoing a huge change. Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's Prime Minister was determined that by 2020, the country would be a fully industrialised nation. The best way to do this, it was thought, was through the auto trade.

Designed by Hermann Tilke, Sepang is one of the most technical circuits in Formula One. The combination of long high-speed straights, and tight twisting complexes make the track very complicated, but also perfect for overtaking as the track itself is very wide.

The drivers love it and, along with Malaysia's distinct atmosphere, it makes for an experience unique in Formula One.

In 2017, we say farewell to the Malaysian Grand Prix and say thank you for providing some of the most exciting races of the season!

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