Mercedes’ failures was Red Bull Racing’s gain on Sunday, as Lewis Hamilton blew an engine near the midway mark and Nico Rosberg was involved in an early race fracas with Kimi Raikkonen allowing both Red Bull cars to capitalize and earn a 1-2 finish in the Malaysia Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo won his first race in over two years as the emotional driver dedicated his victory to Jules Bianchi. Ricciardo, inherited the lead when his teammate Max Verstappen pitted and Hamilton had his fiery misfortune. But, he will take the win however he can get it as his No. 3 Red Bull entry was victorious on Sunday.
Verstappen, was stellar beyond his years yet again overcoming an incident with Sebastian Vettel on the opening lap for come home runner-up to his teammate.
Rosberg, charged through the field to come home third and takes a 23 point lead to Japan next weekend.
Raikkonen, also rebounded to finish fourth. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas took fifth ahead of the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg, split by McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, who came from the back row to take seventh. Team mate Jenson Button was ninth in his 300th Grand Prix, as fellow Briton Jolyon Palmer took his first F1 point with 10th for Renault.