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Ricciardo storms to victory as Hamilton title hopes go up in smoke

Lewis Hamilton was forced to withdraw from the race. Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton's hopes of regaining his world championship title look to be fading after an engine failure meant he crashed out of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Stevenage driver was in control of the race when his engine caught fire with just 15 laps remaining.

Hamilton had no choice but to pull off the track and watch on as Milton Keynes-based Red Bull claimed a one-two in Sepang.

Hamilton looks dejected after leaving the track. Credit: PA

Hamilton could be heard screaming "No! No! No!" after the problem became apparent and sat with his head in his hands from the sidelines.

To make matters worse, his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg finished third - stretching his lead in the overall standings to a comprehensive 23 points with five races left to go.

Malaysian Grand Prix standings

  • 1.) Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull
  • 2.) Max Verstappen - Red Bull
  • 3.) Nico Rosberg - Mercedes
Daniel Ricciardo came out on top in Sepang. Credit: PA

However, the plaudits belonged to Red Bull who claimed the first two spots on the podium for the first time since 2013.

Attention now turns to the Japanese Grand Prix next week where Hamilton will surely have to come out on top to give himself any chance of mounting an unlikely comeback.