Hamilton was leading on lap 41 of 56 at the Sepang International Circuit when his engine blew, giving the race lead and at last triumph to Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
It was Daniel Ricciardo’s first win since the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix, leading a one-two completion with his adolescent colleague Max Verstappen.
With five races left in the season, it will be troublesome for Lewis Hamilton to make up the shortage to the ultra-steady Rosberg in the championship tussle. The baffled Lewis Hamilton was disturbed in the conditions, and he indicated maybe more than that.
“My question is to Mercedes,” Lewis Hamilton said. “We have so many engines made for drivers, but mine are the only ones failing this year. Someone needs to give me some answers because this is not acceptable.
“We are fighting for the championship and only my engines are failing. It does not sit right with me.
“Someone doesn’t want me to win this year, but I won’t give up. I will keep pushing.”
Red Bull and Ricciardo took a fortunate victory, given the conditions that distressed the Mercedes pair, but were in the right place to capitalize and compensate for the win the Australian driver felt he was denied of in Monaco when a team pit-stop misunderstanding cost him victory.
“Told you I’d win one. Sometimes you just need things to swing your way,” said Ricciardo.
“It’s been an interesting, I would say, two years since my last victory and it feels awesome for sure. I am so grateful for it,” he said.