Daniel Ricciardo, who led Verstappen in a one-two for Red Bull in Malaysia previous year, will start fourth.
"Great start to a new decade for you, well done".
"From then on, I could race my own race".
"My vehicle was unbelievable, but if I had to speed up, I could". I had pace. If I needed to speed up I sped up. If Scuderia Ferrari and Vettel put together good drives for the next four races, it is more than possible for Vettel to win. Hamiton's nearest title rival Sebastian Vettel endured a horror afternoon and will start last after suffering a turbo failure on his Ferrari.
The German's vehicle was badly damaged in the incident, limping along on three wheels, with Vettel then hitching a ride back to the pits on compatriot Pascal Wehrlein's Sauber.
Birthday boy Max Verstappen claimed the second victory of his career at the Malaysian Grand Prix, as Sebastian Vettel limited the damage caused by his qualifying nightmare.
It was definitely Max Verstappen's day, winning the battle against Mercedes, and Vettel's too for showing just what the Ferrari could have done without its engine issue. Vettel had started the race dead last after engine problems stopped him setting a time in Saturday's qualifying.
Nico Hulkenberg finished just outside the points in 11th with Renault teammate Jolyon Palmer having a scrappy race, including two spins in close succession, the second of which was the result of contact with Kevin Magnussen, and ended up 16th. Williams pair Lance Stroll and Felipe Massa also scored points in eighth and ninth position with Esteban Ocon rounding off the top 10 for Force India.
How they fare in the remaining five races may play a big part in determining whether the drivers' crown ends up at Mercedes or Ferrari, even if Hamilton looks the clear favorite.
"They have had the strongest race pace this weekend and will be a serious threat in the race".
"On paper the Ferrari is the fastest vehicle, followed by the Red Bull and then us", the Austrian had observed after qualifying.
"We were quicker than anticipated, to be honest with you". The pace he displayed will have Mercedes anxious as Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who finished fifth 56 seconds behind Verstappen, struggled for speed during yesterday's race.
"I didn't have any pace, that was the main issue". We tried to fight for the podium, pushed very hard, but in the end the tyres were starting to give up and we couldn't be really there.