Hamilton dominant in Malaysian GP|
Sepang, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) - Lewis Hamilton led from start to finish
and crossed the line well ahead of his Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg, to win
Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.
Hamilton, the 2008 Formula One world champion, bounced back from a
disappointing start to the 2014 season two weeks ago in Australia where he
retired early after starting on pole there.
"This is incredible after such a difficult weekend and a long winter,"
Hamilton said. "I just feel so grateful."
Hamilton crossed the finish line 17.3 seconds ahead of Rosberg for his 23rd
career F1 win, including his first in the Malaysian GP. It was the first time
Mercedes finished 1-2 since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix.
"The team was spot on with all of the pit stops and with the calling and
timing," Hamilton added. "What a great car and what a great job from
Hamilton dedicated his win to the families of the 239 people aboard Malaysian
Airlines Flight 370, which vanished on March 8. Sepang International Circuit
is located just moments away from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where
the ill-fated flight took off.
Rosberg started third but overtook Red Bull driver and four-time defending
world champion Sebastian Vettel for second on the opening lap.
"I got a great start, and that allowed me to get into second place," Rosberg
said. "From then on, I was trying to chase Lewis, but he was too quick today."
Mercedes has begun the season with back-to-back wins. Rosberg scored the
victory in the Australian Grand Prix.
Vettel rebounded nicely from his early retirement in Australia as well by
finishing third. He had won three of the last four Malaysian GPs, including a
victory in this race one year ago.
"The start was not very good, and I was quite surprised when I saw Nico on my
right," Vettel said. "Later on, I was trying to get as close as I could to
Nico. At one stage, it looked like we were pretty similar and evenly matched,
but then it was like he found another gear and pulled away. At the end, I was
just trying to take the car home."
Fernando Alonso from Ferrari placed fourth for the second straight grand prix,
while Force India's Nico Hulkenberg took the fifth spot. McLaren's Jenson
Button was sixth.
Rosberg has now accumulated 43 points for the season, compared to 25 points
for Hamilton and 24 for Alonso.
Felipe Massa finished seventh after beating his Williams teammate, Valtteri
Bottas, in a hard-fought battle for the position in the closing laps. Massa,
who is in his first year with Williams after spending the past eight seasons
with Ferrari, ignored a team order. Williams instructed Massa to let Bottas
pass him since he had the faster car late in the race.
Bottas crossed the line a half-second behind Massa in eighth.
Rookie Kevin Magnussen from McLaren and Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat, also a
rookie this year, completed the top-10.
Magnussen, who finished second in Australia, recovered from a five-second
penalty that he received for an incident with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen on lap
2. Magnussen needed a new front wing after he tagged the back of Raikkonen,
who suffered a punctured right-rear tire. Raikkonen finished 12th.
03/30 07:49:56 ET