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Hamilton wins Malaysia GP

Lewis Hamilton prevails in the Malaysian Grand Prix to lead Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to a one-two finish.

Last updated: 30 Mar 2014 14:31
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It was Hamilton's second win for Mercedes since he joined them last year and first points of the season [AFP]

Lewis Hamilton won the Malaysian Grand Prix with a pole-to-flag victory ahead of Nico Rosberg in a first Mercedes one-two since they returned to Formula One as a works team in 2010.

The 2008 Formula One world champion easily pulled away from his rivals on a dry track with a three-stop strategy to win the race by 17.3 seconds, his 23rd career victory and first in Malaysia at the eighth attempt.

Congratulations to them, they are bloody quick, the package they have is very, very strong.

Sebastian Vettel, Third-place finisher

"It is my eighth year here and finally I got that win," the Briton told reporters after taking the chequered flag for his second win for Mercedes since he joined them last year and first points of the season.

"Its quite special to get a one-two, I haven't had many in my career, so that makes it even more special. A great day," added the former McLaren driver.

Rosberg, who won the season opener in Australia two weeks ago, started in third place but squeezed past quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel into the first corner and was able to keep the Red Bull at bay and stay top of the driver standings.

The second-place finish moved him on to 43 points in the standings, 18 clear of Hamilton with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso third on 24 points after his second fourth of the season.

Mercedes took the lead from McLaren in the constructors' standings.

Vettel finished third for his first points of the season following an early retirement in Australia as he struggled to make an impact on the Mercedes pair without the rain that helped his qualifying bid on Saturday.

Having endured a tricky time during off season testing, Vettel was delighted to make the podium.

FIA Formula 1 Drivers' World Championship

     Driver                    Points

1  Nico Rosberg             43

2  Lewis Hamilton           25
3  Fernando Alonso        24
4  Jenson Button            23
5  Kevin Magnussen       20

"Congratulations to them, they are bloody quick, the package they have is very, very strong," Vettel told reporters.

Alonso was involved in a tight battle with Force India's Nico Hulkenberg in the closing stages before finally overtaking the German although he will be disappointed that once again the Ferrari looked well short of challenging the Mercedes duo.

Massa refuses orders

McLaren's Jenson Button was sixth with Felipe Massa of Williams seventh just ahead of team mate Valtteri Bottas after the Brazilian refused to yield to his Finnish team mate despite team orders to do so.

The row, at a circuit where team orders blew up into a major controversy last season at both Red Bull and Mercedes, threatened to cause friction for the coming races between the new team mates.

McLaren's Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen and Toro Rosso's Russian newcomer Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top 10 of a race that suffered just a couple of light drops of rain despite concerns about possible thunderstorms.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who was disqualified in Australia pending an appeal, missed out on points for the second race in a row after a disastrous third pit stop when he was in fourth.

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