Vettel outsmarts Hamilton to win Malaysian GP

Ferrari stage remarkable turnaround as former world champion Vettel wins his first race for new team.

    Vettel won his first race for Ferrari in just his second start for the team [Reuters]
    Vettel won his first race for Ferrari in just his second start for the team [Reuters]

    Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix to end Mercedes' long Formula One winning streak and make the 2015 season look like a genuine contest between the two teams.

    Drivers standings (Top-5)
    1.  Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 43     
    2.  Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 40     
    3.  Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 33     
    4.  Felipe Massa (Williams) 20     
    5.  Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 12 

    Vettel elected not to pit during an earlier safety-car period, while second-placed Lewis Hamilton and third placed Nico Rosberg did in their Mercedes cars, and the clear air at the front of the field during that period proved the difference, as Vettel won by 8.5 seconds.

    Mercedes had won the previous eight races dating back to last season and had been expected to dominate through 2015 after a one-two finish in the season opener in Australia.

    But in just the second race of this season, Vettel's win indicated a potential fight for the championship ahead.

    It was Ferrari's first victory since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, while Vettel - in only his second race for the team after leaving Red Bull - recorded his first win since the Brazilian Grand Prix that year.

    "I am very, very happy and proud of today, we beat them fair and square, it was a great achievement,'' Vettel said. "Today is a very, very special day and will always remain a part of me.''

    Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who suffered an early puncture, was fourth, ahead of Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa.

    Race result (top-10):

    1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 
    2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 
    3. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 
    4. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 
    5. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 
    6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 
    7. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso - Renault 
    8. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso - Renault 
    9. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) RedBull - Renault 
    10. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) RedBull - Renault 

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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