Dutchman Max Verstappen wins Malaysian Grand Prix on birthday weekend

Max Verstappen waves on the podium. Photo: AP Photo/Vincent Thian/HH

Dutch racing driver Max Verstappen ended a long spell of bad luck on Sunday by winning the Malaysian Grand Prix in what some commentators said was an ‘incredible performance.’

Lewis Hamilton finished second while Verstappen’s Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo was third.

Verstappen has dropped out of seven GPs so far this season, due in part to technical problems with the car as well as driver errors.

‘I hope the poisoned chalice is now empty,’ he said after the race. ‘It feels extra special to have won here after such a difficult season,’ he said after the race. ‘This victory has come at exactly the right time.’

Verstappen, who turned 20 on Saturday, became the youngest ever Formula 1 winner in May last year with his victory in Barcelona aged just 18.