Mercedes desperately wanted to wrap up the constructors’ championship at the Malaysian Grand Prix, the home of their title sponsor Petronas, and there needed to be some kind of minor miracle for it not to happen. And it did.
Nico Rosberg got spun around at turn one by Sebastian Vettel but even more dramatic was Lewis Hamilton’s engine failure on lap 40, which ended any hope of Mercedes grabbing the title in Sepang.
It really couldn’t get much worse for them, could it? Oh…
— Jon Walsh (@Jon_Walsh) October 2, 2016
Yep, now they’ve got to endure the painful irony of this Petronas advert.