Conspiracy theorists; it's time to don the tin foiled-hats. Lewis Hamilton bemoaned a 'higher power' on Sunday and suggested sabotage was at work after his brand-new Mercedes engine blew during yesterday's race in Malaysia.
Admittedly, the champion wasn't in a happy mood when being interviewed straight after his retirement yesterday, and he later retracted his comments regarding why his Mercedes engine is the only one suffering problems out of eight others on the grid. The stats back up his suggestion, but you'd need to be loopy to suggest Mercedes are purposefully tampering with their star champion's car.
Daniel Ricciardo profited from Hamilton's poor luck to claim a win here, with his team-mate Max Verstappen in second. It's Red Bull's first one-two finish since 2013. It was a race to forget for Sebastian Vettel, the German's race ending at the first corner after a collision with Verstappen. The skirmish also claimed Nico Rosberg as a victim, with him falling to last on the grid and ruining any prospect of a victory.
Rosberg managed to climb up to third and claim a podium place to extend his lead at the top of the drivers' championship to twenty-three points. With only five races remaining, the odds are very much in favour of Rosberg claiming his maiden title this season.
What was that claim about the German team wanting a German World Drivers' champion?