2016 Malaysian Grand Prix

Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

Sunday 2nd October 2016
Round:
16
Weather:
Very hot, dry and sunny
Laps:
56
Fastest Lap:
Rosberg, 1m36.424
Country:
Malaysia
Location:
Sepang, Selangor
2016 season:
Report

Mark Hughes's take on the dramatic Malaysian Grand Prix that saw Ricciardo score an overdue victory – and Mercedes run out of luck

Daniel Ricciardo clowned, gurned and grinned, played to the crowd, drank his champagne from his boot – made everyone else up there with him do the same. And the whole place shared his delight. It had been a great race, with twists and turns, drama, classic wheel-to-wheel action that had decided the race and tense strategy battles that threatened to do the same. “Wow Daniel,” said Mark Webber of Malaysia Multi 21 fame, by poetic co-incidence the podium host, “I thought it was going to be ‘Multi 33’ there,” a reference to the see-sawing battle betweenRicciardo and Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen, who had to settle for second. Their turns 4-5-6-7 dice turned out to be for the win when Lewis Hamilton’s race-leading Mercedes blew its engine just moments later. “It went the other way in Monaco,” said Ricciardo about his stolen victory over Hamilton there, “so I’ll take this today. No hard feelings to Lewis, but I’ll definitely take it. It’s been an emotional two years since my last win.”

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Results

PositionDriverTimePoints
1 ↑ 3Daniel Ricciardo
1h 37m 12.780s
25
2 ↑ 1Max Verstappen
1h 37m 15.220s
+2.440s
18
3 ↓ 1Nico Rosberg
1h 37m 38.290s
+25.510s
15
4 ↑ 2Kimi Raikkonen
1h 37m 41.560s
+28.780s
12
5 ↑ 6Valtteri Bottas
1h 38m 14.360s
+1m 1.580s
10
6 ↑ 1Sergio Perez
1h 38m 16.570s
+1m 3.790s
8
7 ↑ 15Fernando Alonso
1h 38m 17.980s
+1m 5.200s
6
8Nico Hulkenberg
1h 38m 26.840s
+1m 14.060s
4
9Jenson Button
1h 38m 34.590s
+1m 21.810s
2
10 ↑ 9Jolyon Palmer
1h 38m 48.240s
+1m 35.460s
1
11 ↑ 5Carlos Sainz jr
1h 38m 51.650s
+1m 38.870s
0
12 ↑ 5Marcus Ericsson
0
13 ↓ 3Felipe Massa
0
14 ↑ 1Daniil Kvyat
0
15 ↑ 6Pascal Wehrlein
0
16 ↑ 4Esteban Ocon
0
RFelipe Nasr
0
RLewis Hamilton
0
REsteban Gutierrez
0
RKevin Magnussen
0
RRomain Grosjean
0
RSebastian Vettel
0

Circuit

Country:
Malaysia
Location:
Sepang, Selangor
Length:
3.4440 (miles)
Type:
Permanent road course
Record:
Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams FW26-BMW), 1m34.223, 131.586 mph, F1, 2004
First race:

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