Nico Rosberg is now the odds-on favourite to win the Formula One world drivers’ championship after Lewis Hamilton's retirement at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Hamilton is bidding to win a hat-trick of consecutive titles but those hopes hang in the balance after yet another engine failure on Sunday.
Hamilton was leading with 15 laps remaining but his engine blew up in the most dramatic of circumstances to hand victory to Daniel Ricciardo, with his team-mate Max Verstappen following him home to seal Red Bull's first one-two finish in nearly three years.
Rosberg fought back to finish third following a first-corner collision with Sebastian Vettel and is now 23 points clear of Hamilton in the championship race with just five rounds remaining.
He is 4/9 to claim the title while Hamilton is out to 31/20, but Rosberg is refusing to dream about a maiden title, saying: “I am quite liking my approach of seeing it on a weekend basis, so I don't have such thoughts.”
Hamilton had been 19 points clear at the summer break and his frustration was obvious as he told BBC Radio 5 Live: ``My question is to Mercedes. We have so many engines made for drivers, but mine are the only ones failing this year.
“Someone need to give me some answers because this is not acceptable. We are fighting for the championship and only my engines are failing. It does not sit right with me.
“I will try and recollect myself and try to get myself together for the race next week. There are many decisive races but this is one of those. Someone doesn't want me to win this year but I won't give up. I will keep pushing.”