He said: "In the beginning the auto felt good".
Hamilton had failed to finish higher than fifth in practice but found some speed in qualifying.
"It's not my fault if someone is picking up rubber and doesn't look where they are going". Renault's Jolyon Palmer and Nico Hulkenberg finished 15th and 16th, ahead of Sauber drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson.
After reviewing video evidence and hearing both driver's views, the stewards opted to take no further action on the incident as "no driver was wholly or predominantly to blame". Hamilton, however, still accomplished what he came to do-extend his lead over Sebastian Vettel in the championship race, with Hamilton finishing second in Sepang and Vettel down in fourth place.
The 18-year-old Canadian finished the race eighth.
Verstappen's victory makes him the fifth different victor of 2017 and marks Red Bull's second win of the season, allowing the Milton Keynes-based team to close in on Ferrari in the Constructors' Championship and Verstappen to cement himself in sixth place in the Drivers' Championship having come under threat from Sergio Perez in recent races. He was still 18. The Finn was reportedly using a new engine that had caused problems in the practice sessions.
It was a scrappy race for Ocon, who was sandwiched between Massa and teammate Perez at the start, leading to him picking up a puncture. I went to defend but didn't really want to risk it so I left enough room. "It was my only chance", Verstappen said.
"Valtteri seems to struggle more having the vehicle in that sweet spot than Lewis", Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said.
Bottas drives for Mercedes, the dominant team in F1. With Valtteri Bottas gaining a place to split the Red Bulls, it looked like an easy day for the Mercedes. The team made changes, fitting another unit before qualifying, only to find an issue involving the compressor which forced the German to nurse his SF70 back home to the pits once again.
He broke the outright lap record in his pursuit of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, but was hampered by a stubborn Fernando Alonso - who held him up with eight laps to go while being lapped. At this point, Raikkonen was already in his shorts and walking back to the Ferrari motorhome. Running on super-soft tires, Vettel closed his gap with Ricciardo to less than one seconds.
"Seb came so quick at the end, I felt like I was going to have a handful", Ricciardo said.
It's likely that Vettel will get a talking to for choosing to ride back to the pits in that way, and Werhlein may as well, though it's unlikely any punishments are carried out.