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Lewis Hamilton wins the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton won the second race of the 2014 F1 season this morning after starting from pole position.

Hamilton led the race from start-to-finish without anybody really challenging him as he achieved his first ever victory at the Sepang circuit.

Championship leader Nico Rosberg finish in second place to ensure that Mercedes left with the maximum 50 points in the constructors championship.

Hamilton cruised to victory in Malaysia

 

World champion Sebastian Vettel managed to finish in 3rd place in a Red Bull that has improved greatly since Australia.

Fernando Alonso finished just off the podium in fourth place after the Spaniard got the better of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg in the final few laps of the race.

Jenson Button finished in sixth place, showing once again that the McLaren team have improved vastly over the winter and are taking full advantage of their Mercedes package.

The 2009 world champion finished ahead of Felipe Massa and Votari Bottas of the Williams team after they became engaged in a fight between themselves with Massa actually ignoring team orders.

It was another bad day for Daniel Ricciardo as he suffered from a faulty pit-stop , a broken front wing and a 10 second stop-and-go penalty before eventually retiring from the race.

It was race one winner Rosberg that made the best start as he was able to overtake Vettel before the first corner and tucked in behind his teammate.

Ricciardo also made a great start as he got the better of Alonso and Vettel through the first couple of corners. Ricciardo showed real determination as he shoved Vettel out of his way and it was great to see that he will not be a push over.

There was drama at the start of the second lap as Kevin Magnussen tried to overtake Raikkonen at turn two. The pair ended up touching and caused front-wing damage to the McLaren whilst Raikkonen now had a puncture.

Vettel’s Red Bull has improved

 

Over the next few laps Magnussen was clearly struggling with his damaged car and was battling with the two Williams cars.

Magnussen was later punished for the collision and was given a five-second stop-and-go penalty.

Back at the front the two Mercedes drivers were pulling away from the rest of the field. Vettel managed to get back in front of Ricciardo going into the first corner.

After the first set of pit-stops it was Vettel who seemed to be catching the Mercedes of Rosberg. It looked like the Red Bull we have all become accustomed to as the German closed down Rosberg.

There was a brief worry that their could be a safety car after Adrian Sutil’s Sauber stopped on the entrance of the start/finish straight. The marshals stayed calm however and they were able to move the car to safety.

Lap 41 saw the beginning of the end for Ricciardo as he made his pit-stop. Upon release the team released that they had not fitted the front-left tyre on properly and the Australian had to stop in the pit-lane.

The pit crew managed to push him back and fit the wheel on correctly but Ricciardo was now two laps down and was under investigation from the stewards for an un-safe release.

It was a bad day for Ricciardo

 

Ricciardo then suffered from a front-wing failure on lap 43 which was causing damage to his new tyres and he was forced to pit once again for a new wing.

Moments after he returned to the track, Ricciardo was handed the expected stop-and-go penalty. On lap 51 Ricciardo brought the car into the pits and he retired from the race.

In the final few laps both of the Williams drivers were closing Button down. Massa was told over the radio that his teammate, Bottas, was faster than him and that he should let him through.

Massa was having none of it though and the pair ended up staying in their positions, allowing Button to escape.

At the front Hamilton cruised to victory without any problems ahead of his teammate to complete the first Mercedes one-two since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix.

Malaysian Grand Prix Results
1.Hamilton
2.Rosberg
3.Vettel
4.Alonso
5.Hulkenberg
6.Button
7.Massa
8.Bottas
9.Magnussen
10.Kvyat

 

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