Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes secures 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix victory

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 1, 2014

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won the 2014 Malaysian GP, securing his 23rd career Grand Prix victory. Mercedes grabbed a 1-2 spot at the event as its other driver, Nico Rosberg finished second, only behind Hamilton for around 17 seconds. Mercedes’ victories at the Sepang circuit team's first Formula One 1-2 finish since 1955.

At third was Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel, allowing the 2013 world champion to secure his first championship points of 2014. Vettel’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo continues his F1 woes at the Malaysian GP. Ricciardo actually had a confident start and had maintained a decent pace, until he met an issue with an improperly fitted wheel during a pit stop that required him to go back to the pits.

His troubles did not end there as he suffered front wing failure laps later, forcing him to retire on lap 53. Ricciardo was not alone in suffering technical issues in the race.

Jules Bianchi of Marussia retired early, followed by Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso and Pastor Maldonado of Lotus. Six cars retired from the race, which could be a result of technical issues with the different new powertrains. Romain Grosjean of Lotus finished 11th in the race, beating Raikkonen and Kobayashi.

Lewis Hamilton: "I’m incredibly happy today. This is my first win in Malaysia after eight attempts and to do it for our PETRONAS family in their home country makes it even more special. It’s all down to the team. They have done a fantastic job and I have to say a huge thank you to everyone here at the track and back at our factories who have been pushing non-stop to get the car where it is. 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 tyres and the fuel and still keep a bit of pace in hand which made my job that little bit easier. It's great to see Mercedes leading the championship but we know that we have to make these early races pay. Anything can happen as we saw in Australia, so this is an important result for us. One-two finishes don't happen very often and this is a real achievement for the team."

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