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Ricciardo shines in Malaysia as Hamilton retires


Ricciardo shines in Malaysia as Hamilton retires


Daniel Ricciardo claimed his maiden Formula One win of the season at the Malaysian Grand Prix after reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton retired from the lead with a blown engine.

The Australian’s Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen finished second to score the pair’s first one-two finish since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix, denying Mercedes the chance to wrap up the constructors’ title at the Sepang circuit.

Germany’s Nico Rosberg came home third to extend his gap over Hamilton to 23 points in the overall standings while Raikkonen and Valterri Bottas finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Red flag

The 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix was the first race since 1991 to be stopped before 75 percent distance and went down in history as the fifth shortest race in F1 history.

The red flag was displayed on Lap 33 due to poor weather conditions. Once the rain finally stopped it was too dark to re-start the race, so half points were awarded to leader Jenson Button who overcame a poor start to outclass Nico Rosberg, Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso.

Since Formula One first visited the Sepang circuit in 1999, 5 of the 16 Malaysian Grands Prix have been affected by rain.

Title on ice

Sebastien Ogier kept his composure to secure the Tour of Corsica for the first time on Sunday but was unable to claim a fourth world title as other results didn’t go his way.

The Frenchman dominated his opponents from the outset and clinched the first four stages before protecting his lead in wet conditions, edging out Belgium’s Thierry Neuville by 46.4 seconds, en route to his thirty-fifth World Rally Championship win.

Ogier’s Volkswagen teammate Andreas Mikkelsen, produced a solid run but eventually had to settle for third place, 23.6 seconds adrift.

Jari-Matti Latvala failed to deliver throughout the event and just missed out on a podium finish while young sensation Craig Breen and Hayden Paddon finished fifth and sixth respectively.

This result sees Ogier extend his overall lead over Mikkelsen to 68 points going into the Rally of Catalunya, which kicks-off on 13 October.

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