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Published: 10:07 | 2/10/16

Ricciardo win hands Rosberg advantage

Lewis Hamilton retires at Sepang following engine failure

Daniel Ricciardo led a Red Bull one-two at the Malaysia Grand Prix, but Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg holds all the cards in the championship following Lewis Hamilton's engine failure.

Rosberg, who finished third in Malaysia behind the second Red Bull of Max Verstappen, now leads the world championship by 23 points from Hamilton with just five races of the season to go.

The German was hit by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the first corner, but came through the field and passed Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, before extending his lead on the Finn to cancel out a ten-second penalty for causing a collision.

Despite his heroics through the field, Rosberg would have struggled to catch his Mercedes team-mate Hamilton, until the three-time world champion suffered an internal engine combustion on lap 41 of 56 at Sepang.

Red Bull driver Ricciardo was delighted to win a first grand prix in two years, and secure his team's first one-two on the podium since the last race of the 2013 season in Brazil.

"It was a race of challenges, Lewis got the lead and had his problems. I am not one for believing in a whole lot, but it went the other way in Monaco, and I will take this today," he said.

"It has been two years since the last win, and it has been a bit emotional. We have come so close but I said two weeks ago we would win one and we did."

Rosberg was delighted with a podium finish after his turn one problems.

"I thought the race was all over, so I am really happy to fight back all the way to the podium," he said.

"I wished for a better day but that is the way it goes sometimes. I feel tired after the race, but it is a good moment in general, and I look forward to the next one."

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