Hamilton led from pole position, almost all the way, to take race victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix today. Just behind him was Mercedes teammate Rosberg, helping the German squad secure their best finish since rejoining the sport as a works team.
Vettel rounded out the final podium position, whilst his Red Bull teammate had all the bad luck in the world. A botched pit stop saw Ricciardo delayed and given a stop/go penalty for unsafe release, he also had a front wing failure meaning he had to come in one extra time, and then he retired before anything else could go wrong.
Hamilton didn’t lead every single lap, as Nico Hülkenberg opted for a two-stop strategy compared to the rest of the top ten’s three. That moved him up front occasionally, but he eventually finished a strong fifth.
Controversy was brewing at Williams, when team orders were put into place to ask Massa to move out the way of Bottas, but they crossed the finish line in that order.
Meanwhile, both Sauber cars retired, as well as Vergne, Bianchi and Maldonado, whilst Sergio Pérez didn’t start the race as his car failed to get going out of the pit lane.
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References Nico Hülkenberg, Sergio Pérez
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