Sunday also saw Red Bull claim their first double-podium finish in a year and the Red Bull garage are licking their lips in anticipation in what they can achieve between now and the end of the season.
Teammate Valtteri Bottas did struggle far more than Hamilton, finishing nearly a minute behind race-winner Max Verstappen and nearly forty-five seconds behind Hamilton.
"And from there on, I could do my own race".
"When I had to, I had the pace to speed up and that was very pleasing".
And Raikkonen added his confidence that the problem will not cause him to have to take penalties later in the season, believing there was no damage to the engine.
"Naturally, I wanted to win the race, winning the races is still the goal".
"Considering Vettel started last, it's not really that great".
Ferrari wheeled his vehicle into the garage and tried to fix the problem but Raikkonen, who took his first grand prix win at the Sepang circuit with McLaren in 2003, was forced to retire.
Race stewards later ruled "no driver was wholly or predominantly to blame for the incident" and took no action. But just because the race had finished that didn't mean the drama was over for him.
Lewis Hamilton leads by 34 points from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. "We have lost so much pace this weekend". But I think globally that we don't have the best vehicle and we've done an exceptional job with what we have.
"You could see in the first two laps, he could stay with Lewis [Hamilton], you could see that we had the grip", Jos said.
But he admits luck will have to be on his side if he is to overtake third-placed Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas (212 points) in the final six rounds.
"We tried to fight for the podium, pushed very hard, but in the end the tyres were starting to give up and we couldn't be really there. We need to get our stuff together", Bottas lamented. Stoffel Vandoorne finished an impressive 7th for the second race in a row in his McLaren-Honda, while Williams Martini Racing had Stroll and Felipe Massa take 8th and 9th, respectively. Force India's Esteban Ocon completed the top 10.
This was billed as Malaysia's finale in F1 as the event drops off the calendar from next season but for Ferrari, the most successful constructor in the history of the grand prix here with seven wins, it was a race to forget.
The next round will be held in Suzuka, Japan on October 8.