Lewis loses his bear­ings


The re­sult of the Malaysian GP was, ac­cord­ing to Lewis Hamil­ton, de­ter­mined by a ‘higher power’. Bad luck scup­pered him on lap 41, when a bear­ing fail­ure in­side his W07 Hy­brid’s in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine brought him to a stut­ter­ing halt at Turn 1 in a blaze of re and smoke.

This ap­par­ent di­vine in­ter­ven­tion handed vic­tory to Red Bull’s Daniel Ric­cia­rdo, who nished 2.5s ahead of his team­mate Max Ver­stap­pen. Nico Ros­berg was third fol­low­ing a re­cov­ery drive from the tail of the eld, af­ter he was knocked into a spin by Fer­rari’s Se­bas­tian Vet­tel on the rst lap.

This was Ric­cia­rdo’s rst win for two years and the rst ever Red Bull one-two in the 1.6-litre hy­brid turbo era. In some ways it was jus­tice for Ric­cia­rdo, who had suf­fered a mis­man­aged pit­stop at the Monaco GP in May, which had handed vic­tory to Hamil­ton. This time round, while Ric­cia­rdo en­ter­tained the crowds by glug­ging sparkling wine from his boot on the podium, Hamil­ton was be­fore the TV cam­eras, pub­licly giv­ing his Mercedes team a hard time.

“There’s been 43 en­gines from Mercedes and only mine have gone,” he com­plained. “Some­one has to give me some an­swers…”

At the start, the two Mercedes got off the line well, but

Re­demp­tion for Ric­cia­rdo; an an­guished Hamil­ton blames a ‘higher power’ as a big-end bear­ing fail­ure puts him out

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