Daniel Ricciardo came away with a stunning victory today at the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit.
Ricciardo led teammate Max Verstappen to a surprising one-two finish for Red Bull Racing to register his maiden win of the season.
It was also only the second triumph of 2016 by a driver not named Nico Rosberg or Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen had earlier celebrated a victory in Spain last May, but it has been all Rosberg and Hamilton the entire campaign with Rosberg taking eight wins and Hamilton another six.
The Mercedes boys, who are engaged in a tense battle for the drivers’ title, had mixed luck in Malaysia, however. Rosberg had an awful start after an incident in turn one left him trailing at the very back, but he did well to fight his way through the field for a place on the podium. Hamilton, meanwhile, was comfortably leading the race but with just 15 laps to go, his car blew up in flames due to engine problems. That ended his race, and it allowed the trailing Ricciardo and Verstappen through to the front.
Ricciardo completed the race in one hour 37 minutes 12.776 seconds while Verstappen finished 2.443 seconds behind.
Rosberg was classified third a distant 25.516secs back, but with his result, coupled with Hamilton’s DNF, put him 23 points clear atop the world championship standings and only five Grands Prix remaining.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth, Williams’ Valtteri Bottas was fifth, Force India’s Sergio Perez was sixth while McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top eight.
Quote from the winner
“What a day, I’m feeling a bit emotional and overwhelmed!
"A couple of weeks ago I said we’d win a race this year but to be honest I didn’t expect a win to come at this circuit. This is probably the sweatiest race to win.
"We had an opportunity today that we needed to capitalise on and I was determined to not let it go. We had a good battle with Max, he is a hard racer and we have that in common. We fought hard and aggressive but I think we showed we can push to the limit but still keep it on the track. We had a fair and clean fight and I think we both enjoyed it.
"We started the year a step higher from last year and kept going and getting better, and it really is amazing to win at this circuit. I want to thank the team for making this all possible and I’m very grateful for today."
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||56||1h37m12.776s|
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||56||2.443s|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||56||1m03.794s|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||56||1m14.062s|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||56||1m38.878s|
|12||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||55||1 Lap|
|13||Felipe Massa||Williams/Mercedes||55||1 Lap|
|14||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||55||1 Lap|
|15||Pascal Wehrlein||Manor/Mercedes||55||1 Lap|
|16||Esteban Ocon||Manor/Mercedes||55||1 Lap|
The Formula 1 season resumes next weekend with the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka International Racing Course.