Ricciardo raced home 2.443 seconds ahead of his Red Bull teammate, winning a tense mid-race scrap which became the battle for the win with a third of the race to go.
Lewis Hamilton’s bid for a third consecutive championship is on the rocks, retiring with a blown engine after leading the bulk of the race.
Ricciardo and Verstappen were engaged in a tense battle for what was second on Lap 39, the pair racing side by side through several of the fast corners around the back of the Sepang circuit before Ricciardo was able to fend the Dutchman off.
It was the kind of day where fighting was prevalent up and down the field.
Rosberg scrambled his way into third, slamming his way past Kimi Raikkonen with a bold move at Turn 2 that involved a bit of body contact. The stewards took a dim view, handing him a 10-second time penalty, holding onto third by beating Raikkonen to the line by 13 seconds net, coming down to a three second margin once his penalty was applied.