Ferrari and Vettel return to the top in Malaysia

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2 weeks ago in Melbourne at the first race we saw the Mercedes team dominate the race. However in Malaysia it was Vettel and his new team Ferrari who managed to beat the Mercedes.

After a difficult qualifying session for the drivers which was hit by heavy rainfall Lewis Hamilton claimed his 40th career pole position.The lights went out and the cars stormed into the first two tight turns. On lap 2 Kimi Raikkonens tire explodes on track after getting contact from earlier on he pits and gets a fresh set of tires. 2 laps later on lap 4 Ericsson spun his Sauber at turn 1 which brought out the safety car.

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Both Hamilton and Rosberg pitted but Ferrari decided to keep Vettel out. On lap 20 Hamilton leads and Rosberg battles with Vettel for 2nd place. On lap 22 Vettel makes the pass on Rosberg. One lap later rookie driver Max Verstappen in the Toro Rosso makes a pass on Daniel Ricciardo in a Red Bull which just really goes to show how much Red Bull are struggling at the moment.

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Lap 24 Vettel catches Hamilton he makes the pass on the last turn but Hamilton then dives into the pits. Vettel goes on now to lead the race. Lap 26 both the Red Bull cars have brake problems you can see black smoke everytime they brake. Then Daniil Kvyat is going into turn 2 when Hulkenberg in the Force India hits him. Hulkenberg gets away cleanly and Kvyat spins out but manages to get the car back on track again.

The final lap comes round and Vettel crosses the line to take the win. The Ferrari team and Vettel are extremely pleased with the result. Hamilton and Rosberg take 2nd and 3rd place.

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Driver Championship Standings

1. Hamilton 43.
2. Vettel 40.
3. Rosberg 33.
4. Massa 20.
5. Raikkonen 12.
6. Nasr 10.
7. Bottas 10.
8. Ricciardo 9.
9. Hulkenberg 6.
10. Verstappen 6.
11. Sainz 6.
12. Ericsson 4.
13. Kvyat 2.
14. Perez 1.
15. Button 0.
16. Grosjean 0.
17. Merhi 0.
18. Maldonado 0.
19. Magnussen 0.
20. Alonso 0.

Constructors

1. Mercedes 76.
2. Ferrari 52.
3. Williams 30.
4. Sauber 14.
5. Toro Rosso 12.
6. Red Bull 11.
7. Force India 7.
8. McLaren 0.
9. Lotus 0.
10. Manor 0.

Lewis Hamilton Dominates First Race of 2015

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The first race of the 2015 Formula One Season got undeway at Melbourne on Sunday 15th March 2015.

Lewis Hamilton sat on pole. The lights went out and the race finally started. Hamilton got off to a great start. The cars piled into the first corner. Contact was made between a few cars which resulted in Maldonado spinning off on the very first corner. The yellow flags were waved and the safety car was called out. On lap 2 the safety car remained out on track while Grosjean was forced to retire. An awful start so far for the Lotus team with now both cars out of the race. At the end of lap 3 the safety car comes in and Hamilton instantly creates a large gap from himself and the rest of the pack.

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Severeal laps pass as the Mercedes pull away. Lap 14 Perez and Button make contact which results in Perez spinning his car out. He manages to get it back in one piece onto the track. Over the next few laps Vettel manages to get himself past Massa in the Williams as Raikkonen overtakes some cars to work his way up the field. Then on lap 34 Max Verstappen retires on his debut in the Toro Rosso with a engine problem.

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Raikkonen pits in lap 40 there’s a problem but the team don’t seem to be aware shortly after Kimi Raikkonen is forced to retire on lap 41 due to a loose wheel. The final lap arrives only 11 cars remain on track. Lewis Hamilton crosses the line and wins the race and his teammate Nico Rosberg finishes in second. Just over 30 seconds later Vettel finishes 3rd in his debut start for Ferrari.

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Championship Standings

1. Hamilton 25.
2. Rosberg 18.
3. Vettel 15.
4. Massa 12.
5. Nasr 10.
6. Ricciardo 8.
7. Hulkenberg 6.
8. Ericsson 4.
9. Sainz 2.
10. Perez 1.
11. Button 0.
12. Raikkonen 0.
13. Verstappen 0.
14. Grosjean 0.
15. Maldonado 0.
16. Kvyat 0.
17. Magnussen 0.
18. Bottas 0.

Constructors

1. Mercedes 43.
2. Ferrari 15.
3. Sauber 14.
4. Williams 12.
5. Red Bull 8.
6. Force India 7.
7. Toro Rosso 2.
8. McLaren 0.