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