New Zealander Brendon Hartley will race for Scuderia Toro Rosso at the next round of the Formula 1 World Championship, the USA Grand Prix in Austin, as Pierre Gasly will be racing in Japan for the last race of the Super Formula Championship in Suzuka.
Scuderia Ferrari comes away from Japan with the points for fifth after Kimi made up that same number of places off the grid. From the outset, Sebastian Vettel was robbed of any chance to fight for the win, when a spark plug on one cylinder failed. After Belgium Grand Prix for Ferrari began the problems and now what will happen in the next races?
Charles Leclerc – FIA Formula 2 Champion. How does that sound? It feels amazing! We’ve had a great season overall, and on the performance side we have always been very, very quick, and the only low on the performance side was the qualy in Monza and that was my fault because I wasn’t good enough in that session. But apart from that I think we have always been on top and this feels really great.
The final Malaysian Grand Prix was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen from the second row of the grid, after stopping just once to change from supersoft to soft tyres. This was the strategy that was adopted by all the frontrunners, with the notable exception of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who staged a brilliant fightback to fourth from last. The German chose to start the race on the soft tyres to try and gain track position, switching to the faster supersoft tyres on the same lap that Verstappen pitted from the lead to change from supersoft to soft. Vettel was then able to use the extra speed of the supersoft to make his way into the top four places.