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2014 Malaysian Grand Prix - Race Report

EVENT COUNTDOWN

ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

What?

The 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix
Round 2 of 19

Where?

Sepang F1 Circuit, Kuala Lumpur

Who was on pole?

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 1:59.431 = 167.082 km/h

Hamilton’s 33rd pole equalled Jim Clark’s long-standing record by a British driver.

Alongside him on the front row: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault), 0.055s behind.

Who won?

Lewis Hamilton did, for Mercedes

Second was Nico Rosberg – the first Mercedes 1-2 since Italy 1955

Third was Sebastian Vettel for Red Bull Renault, his 63rd podium finish

Who took all the 101 points?

Mercedes grabbed 43 for 1st and 2nd

Red Bull took 15

Ferrari took 12

McLaren, Williams and Force India took 10 apiece

Toro Rosso took 1

Fastest lap:

1:43.066 = 193.611 km/h • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), lap 53

Race Highlights

Ricciardo has a ‘don’t mess with me’ start and passes Red Bull teammate Vettel for P3 on the first lap, slotting in behind the equally fast-starting Rosberg, but Vettel uses DRS to retake the Australian four laps into the 56-lap race.

F1’s new 5-second stop-go penalties come in as Bianchi (Marussia) is penalised for his tangle with Maldonado’s Lotus and Magnussen (McLaren) for puncturing Raikkonen’s Ferrari’s right rear tyre on lap 8.

Ricciardo has a catastrophic pit stop after 41 laps: front left not on properly, crew have to pull him back to the garage, he is then penalised with a 10-second stop-go for unsafe release. Soon he is back in to retire with his front wing dragging on the ground.

Massa gets the message he always dreaded at Ferrari when he is told his Williams teammate Bottas is faster but the Brazilian keeps the Finn at bay and comes home ahead in 7th.

Drive of the Day

Lewis Hamilton: he equalled the great Jim Clark’s 33 poles on Saturday, led from the start on Sunday, and set fastest race lap on his way to his 23rd Grand Prix victory.

Who’s leading?

Rosberg, first and second so far, has 43 points; Hamilton has 25 after his first podium of 2014. Alonso, with two fourth places for Ferrari, is third on 24.

Quote of the day

“Those guys are bloody quick!” Sebastian Vettel sums up the Mercedes victory.

Where do we go next?

To Bahrain for Round 3 at Sakhir, April 6

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