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Ricciardo Wins Malaysian Grand Prix Ahead Of Verstappen As Red Bull Finish One-Two

Daniel Ricciardo held off his teammate Max Verstappen to win the 2016 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, after Lewis Hamilton, who led the race from the start suffered a dramatic engine failure.

Completing the rostrum was Rosberg in the other Mercedes who came through the pack after being involved in a first lap incident and extend his lead over Hamilton by 23 points after the 2016 Malaysian Grand prix.

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Sebastian Vettel has been handed a grid penalty for the first lap incident

Nico Rosberg managed to finish on the podium even after receiving a 10 second time penalty for a mid-race collision with Raikkonen who finished fourth. Valtteri Bottas finished fifth in his Williams ahead of the Force India’s of Perez and Hulkenberg who were split by the Mclaren Honda of Fernando Alonso who started from the back row. Jenson Button had a happy end to his 300th race after finishing in ninth with his fellow Brit, Jolyon Palmer taking his first championship point in tenth.

Ricciardo finally got his payback for Monaco earlier in the year. His battle with his rookie teammate Verstappen was particularly noteworthy which aided by Hamilton’s engine failure resulted in Ricciardo winning his fourth race.

The race had begun with drama, with Hamilton taking the lead but Sebastian Vettel making a huge mess of Turn 1. The Ferrari driver had squeezed up to fourth ahead of Verstappen, but after minor contact with the Red Bull in the braking zone, he damaged his left-front suspension as he shoved Rosberg into a spin. Vettel was out immediately, while the championship leader fell to 17th. But this was to be another race that characterized the ever-fluctuating fortunes of the two Mercedes drivers in 2016.

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Lewis Hamilton reacts after his engine failure

 

Hamilton led Ricciardo until he pitted for the first time on the 20th lap, switching from soft Pirelli tires to the mandatory hard tires. That put Ricciardo into the lead until he did likewise a lap later, whereupon Verstappen went ahead. Red Bull had cannily pitted the Dutchman as early as the ninth lap for a fresh set of soft tires, and he kept the lead from Hamilton and Ricciardo until he stopped for hard tires on the 27th lap.

Behind the remaining Ferrari, which was variously troubled by brake temperature and battery harvesting problems, Bottas executed a fine one-stop strategy for Williams in a race in which his teammate Felipe Massa started from the pit lane and finished 13th after his car stalled at the start of the formation lap. That, however, was not enough to put the team back ahead of Force India, as Perez took a hard-fought sixth place and Hulkenberg eighth. The latter was sandwiched between the two McLarens, as Alonso drove a beautiful race to seventh from the back of the grid, and Button took ninth in his 300th grand Prix. There was good news for another Briton, as Palmer’s 10th place earned him his long-awaited first championship point.

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner takes part in shoey

Carlos Sainz was 11th for Toro Rosso ahead of Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber, Massa, brake-troubled Daniil Kvyat in the second Toro Rosso, and the battling Manors of Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon, the latter having picked up not one, but two five-second time penalties for speeding in the pit lane.

Romain Grosjean spun into the gravel and retirement on Lap 9 after a suspected brake failure on his Haas coming into the final turn, and teammate Esteban Gutierrez looked to have similar issues when the left-front wheel flew from the Mexican’s car at speed on lap 42. Renault’s Kevin Magnussen and Sauber’s Felipe Nasr were the other non-finishers.

 

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