Vettel's post-race collision could be very costly
The German had driven a brilliant race, but the crash could further hamper his title tilt.
Sebastian Vettel drove a superb race at Sepang to climb from the back of the grid to P4. After yesterday's qualifying disaster it was a masterclass of damage limitation.
But Ferrari's luck ran out after the chequered flag. Bizarrely, Vettel collided with the Williams of Lance Stroll, severely damaging his car and potentially forcing a gearbox change for the next race.
The incident happened on the slowing down lap when both drivers were picking up rubber. Vettel was driving around the outside of Stroll, who seemed to drift into the Ferrari.
As is customary in F1, each man has since blamed the other.
Despite the relatively low speed, the damage was huge. Vettel's left rear was ripped off and he was forced to stop on the track.
It might seem meaningless – after all, the race was over – but Vettel may be forced to change his gearbox for next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix. That would mean a grid penalty, which could further hamper Seb's fading title challenge.
Vettel might even face punishment for hitching a lift back on the Sauber of Pascal Wehrlein, an F1 tradition that the stewards are not especially fond of.
It was a strange conclusion to a weekend that Seb and Ferrari had the pace to dominate.