Nico Rosberg is lucky that Mercedes built him a tank that went through the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix undamaged. Rosberg was lucky on multiple other counts too, including that he had a clean getaway (the Mercedes cars can’t take that for granted anymore) and the two VSC periods that helped him climb back up the order.
Daniel Ricciardo had a great result to win the race. Will drivers not want to be on the podium with Ricciardo though, given his love for the ‘shoey’ (gross!)? Mark Webber was smart, he threw away Ricciardo’s shoe – the other podium victims need to learn from him. Given how much the FIA loves clamping down on everything that’s fun in F1, maybe they will ban the shoey on the podium too? A BIG thank you to Red Bull Racing for allowing Ricciardo and Verstappen to race fair and square. Ricciardo managed to do what not a lot of drivers have done this season – he kept Verstappen behind on-track (he claims to have learnt this from Verstappen himself!)
Lewis Hamilton made the rac