Ricciardo wins Malaysian GP as Hamilton’s engine explodes

Ricciardo wins Malaysian GP as Hamilton’s engine explodes

Daniel Ricciardo has won the Malaysia GP after an engine failure denied Lewis Hamilton victory and inflicted a devastating blow on his title hopes. Hamilton was over twenty seconds ahead of Ricciardo and his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen when his engine was suddenly consumed by flames with 15 laps remaining.

It was a cruel blow for Hamilton and one which may prove terminal for his ambition of securing a third successive world championship. Nico Rosberg, involved in two separate collisions with Ferrari cars, rode his luck to finish third and extend his the world championship to 23 points from his unfortunate Mercedes team-mate with just five races remaining this year.

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