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F1 Malaysia: Lewis Hamilton leads dominant Mercedes 1-2 in Sepang (+results)

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From press release

Lewis Hamilton won the Malaysian Grand Prix from pole, this Sunday, and was followed across the line by his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who completed the German manufacturer's first 1-2 since 1955.

Malaysian Grand Prix
Malaysian Grand Prix podium (Photo: WRi2)

The weather in Sepang was hot and humid, but not has humid as the previous day's qualifying session, which had to be delayed by 50 minutes because of the rain.

This means Hamilton could start the race on medium tires. He stayed on the same compound through two stops, on lap 15 and 33 before switching to the harder tire on lap 51. German Rosberg used a similar strategy to claim his 13th F1 podium.

Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang International Circuit, F1
Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang International Circuit (Photo: WRi2)

"The race was tougher than it perhaps looked today and the conditions here always make it a great challenge. But I was able to look after the car, the tires and the fuel and still keep a bit of pace in hand which made my job that little bit easier," Hamilton said after the race.

"It's great to see Mercedes leading the championship but we know that we have to make these early races pay.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W05, Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang, F1
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W05 (Photo: WRi2)

"I would like to offer this victory in tribute to all those affected by the tragedy of MH370," he added.

Rosberg acknowledged Hamilton was simply out his reach: "I was able to control the pace and to defend my position against Seb but Lewis was out of my reach, so congratulations to him for his win."

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang International Circuit, F1
Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg (Photo: WRi2)

In the race for the championship, Mercedes leads McLaren by 25 points in the manufacturers' standings, and Rosberg leads Hamilton by 18 points in the drivers' standings.

Race results* – Malaysian Grand Prix (round 2 of 19)
1 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes W05) - 56 laps 1.40'25"974
2 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes W05) - 17"313
3 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull RB10-Renault) - 24"534
4 - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari F14-T) - 35"992
5 - Nico Hulkenberg (Force India VJM07-Mercedes) - 47"199
6 - Jenson Button (McLaren MP4/29-Mercedes) - 1'23"691
7 - Felipe Massa (Williams FW36-Mercedes) - 1'25"076
8 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams FW36-Mercedes) - 1'25"537
9 - Kevin Magnussen (McLaren MP4/29-Mercedes) - 1 lap
10 - Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso STR9-Renault) - 1 lap
11 - Romain Grosjean (Lotus E22-Renault) - 1 lap
12 - Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari F14-T) - 1 lap
13 - Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham CT05-Renault) - 1 lap
14 - Marcus Ericsson (Caterham CT05-Renault) - 2 laps
15 - Max Chilton (Marussia MR03-Ferrari) - 2 laps

Fastest lap of the race: 1'43"086 by Lewis Hamilton

Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-29, Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang International Circuit, F1
Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-29 (Photo: WRi2)

Retirements
Lap 49 - Daniel Ricciardo
Lap 35 - Esteban Gutierrez
Lap 32 - Adrian Sutil
Lap 18 - Jean-Eric Vergne
Lap 8 - Jules Bianchi
Lap 7 - Pastor Maldonado
Lap 1 - Sergio Perez

Drivers' championship
1.Rosberg 43; 2.Hamilton 25; 3.Alonso 24; 4.Button 23; 5.Magnussen 20; 6.Hulkenberg 18; 7.Vettel 15; 8.Bottas 14; 9.Raikkonen, Massa 6; 11.Vergne 4; 12.Kvyat 3; 13.Perez 1.

Constructors' championship
1.Mercedes 68; 2.McLaren-Mercedes 43; 3.Ferrari 30; 4.Williams-Mercedes 20; 5.Force India-Mercedes 19; 6.Red Bull-Renault 15; 7.Toro Rosso-Renault 7.

*Unofficial scoring

Romain Grosjean, Lotus E22, Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang International Circuit, F1
Romain Grosjean, Lotus E22 (Photo: WRi2)