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Malaysian Grand Prix, Kuala Lumpur, March 30th 2014

Positions at race end

  • 1st: Lewis Hamilton
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    1:40:25.974

  • 2nd: Nico Rosberg
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    +17.313s

  • 3rd: Sebastian Vettel
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 3
    +24.534s

  • 4th: Fernando Alonso
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 3
    +35.992s

  • 5th: Nico Hülkenberg
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    +47.199s

  • 6th: Jenson Button
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 3
    1:23.691

  • 7th: Felipe Massa
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 3
    1:25.076

  • 8th: Valtteri Bottas
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 3
    1:25.537

  • 9th: Kevin Magnussen
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 3
    1 LAP(s)

  • 10th: Daniil Kvyat
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 3
    1 LAP(s)

  • 11th: Romain Grosjean
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    1 LAP(s)

  • 12th: Kimi Räikkönen
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 3
    1 LAP(s)

  • 13th: Kamui Kobayashi
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    1 LAP(s)

  • 14th: Marcus Ericsson
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    +2 LAP(s)s

  • 15th: Max Chilton
    Marussia F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    +2 LAP(s)s

  • 16th: Daniel Ricciardo
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 6
    +7 LAP(s)s

  • 17th: Esteban Gutièrrez
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    +21 LAP(s)s

  • 18th: Adrian Sutil
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    +24 LAP(s)s

  • 19th: Jean-Éric Vergne
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 4
    +38 LAP(s)s

  • 20th: Jules Bianchi
    Marussia F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    +48 LAP(s)s

  • 21st: Pastor Maldonado
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    +49 LAP(s)s

  • 22nd: Sergio Pérez
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    +56 LAP(s)s

Report

Race report

Lewis Hamilton's 100th points finish of his Formula One career proved to be a comfortable lights-to-flag win of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

It was a consummate performance from Hamilton and Mercedes, ending a run of nine races without a podium, one of his worst droughts since he entered the top tier of the sport at the start of 2007.

From pre-season testing the suspicion was Mercedes had the best car, and so it has proven so far, with Nico Rosberg following up his win at the opening race in Australia by finishing second to Hamilton this time.

For the 29-year-old Briton, after claiming his 33rd pole on Saturday, this was his 23rd victory, and his first at the Sepang International Circuit.

It will now ignite the fire of his championship challenge this year after retiring just a handful of laps into the race at Melbourne.

Hamilton finished 17.3 seconds clear of Rosberg, with four-times champion Sebastian Vettel third in his Red Bull but 25 seconds down on the lead Mercedes.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso had to settle for fourth, ahead of Force India's Nico Hulkenberg, with Jenson Button sixth in his McLaren.

Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas were seventh and eighth, even though the Brazilian was told the Finn was quicker in the closing laps and to allow him by.

Massa, who for so long played second fiddle at Ferrari prior to his move to Williams over the winter, ignored the commands and fought to the line to claim his six points.

McLaren's Kevin Magnussen and Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat completed the top 10, with only 15 finishers classified as there were seven retirements overall with technical issues continuing to bite teams in this new era of the 1.6-litre V6 turbo-charged power units.

For Red Bull there were yet more woes, and not just with the controversial fuel-flow sensors that played a part in Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from second place in his home race in Australia a fortnight ago.

The team immediately launched an appeal - to be heard in Paris at the FIA's headquarters on April 14 - as they were forced to use their own readings, unauthorised by the FIA, due to the failure of the sensors.

Coming into this race team principal Christian Horner called for their abolition, but has so far received no support from any other boss in the paddock.

But his call will likely become louder in the wake of another failure early in Sunday's race of the sensor in Ricciardo's car.

Instead of opting to take their own divergent path as they did at Melbourne's Albert Park, Horner confirmed they were "going with the references the FIA have given us".

Despite the problem, Ricciardo was on course for a potential fourth-place finish until running into trouble at his third and final pit stop.

The 24-year-old was released, even though the front-left tyre had not been fitted properly, forcing him to stop halfway down the pit lane.

From there Ricciardo's mechanics collected and returned him back to the pit box, dropping him a lap down on the leaders and out of the points.

Worse was to follow, as Ricciardo's car then encountered a front-wing issue, seemingly after an innocuous run over a kerb as it dislodged slightly.

A front-wing endplate also fell off, and with Ricciardo running over it he collected a puncture, forcing an immediate return to the pits for changes, dropping him to last before retiring five laps from the finish.

For Alonso's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, the Finn's race was ruined on lap two when Magnussen ran into the back of his rear-right tyre.

That resulted in a slow journey back to the pits with a puncture that eventually resulted in the rubber shedding itself from the wheel.

Dropping a long way behind the leaders, Raikkonen eventually finished 12th and over a lap down on Hamilton, while Magnussen collected a five-second stop-and-go penalty for his rookie moment.

As for Hamilton, he was never troubled throughout the entire 56 laps, arguably enjoying one of the most comfortable victories of his career.

Of the other retirements, Sergio Perez was the first, not even making it out of the garage in his Force India at the start due to a gearbox issue.

Pastor Maldonado's first season with Lotus continues to be a shocker as he pulled into his garage after seven laps to preserve his engine.

The Venezuelan was also involved in a lap-one clash with Marussia's Jules Bianchi, the Frenchman sustaining a puncture and collecting a five-second stop-go penalty, but retiring soon after on lap nine.

Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne was the next to drop out on lap 20, followed by Adrian Sutil in his Sauber after 34 laps and Sutil's team-mate Esteban Gutierrez just three laps later.

Qualification - Malaysian Grand Prix, Kuala Lumpur, March 29th 2014

POSDriverNationalityTeamTime
1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:59.431
2Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing+0.055s
3Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team+0.619s
4Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari+0.744s
5Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing+1.110s
6Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari+1.787s
7Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team+2.281s
8Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes+2.782s
9Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso+3.647s
10Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes+4.622s
11Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso+2.920s
12Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team+2.938s
13Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing+3.029s
14Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team+3.080s
15Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing+3.325s
16Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team+3.454s
17Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team+2.643s
18Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team+2.700s
19Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team+3.271s
20Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team+4.164s
21Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team+4.957s
22Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team+4.976s

Driver Standings

POSDriverNationalityTeamPTS
1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team291
2Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team274
3Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing199
4Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing145
5Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing143
6Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari141
7Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes94
8Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team76
9Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing71
10Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes49
11Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team47
12Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari47
13Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso21
14Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team8
15Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso8
16Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team2
17Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team0
18Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team0
19Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team0
20Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team0
21Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team0
22Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team0
23Andre LottererDEUCaterham F1 Team0

Malaysian Grand Prix, Kuala Lumpur, March 30th 2014

POSDriverNationalityTeamTime
1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:40:25.974
2Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team17.313
3Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing24.534
4Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari35.992
5Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team47.199
6Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes+1:23.691
7Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing+1:25.076
8Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing+1:25.537
9Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes1 lap(s)
10Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso1 lap(s)
11Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team1 lap(s)
12Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari1 lap(s)
13Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team1 lap(s)
14Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team2 lap(s)
15Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team2 lap(s)
16Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing7 lap(s)
17Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team21 lap(s)
18Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team24 lap(s)
19Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso38 lap(s)
20Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team48 lap(s)
21Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team49 lap(s)
22Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team56 lap(s)