F1 2014: Hamilton takes a lights to flag win at Sepang

Team OD  /
07 May 2014 12:08:14 IST

That there was every chance that the Malaysian GP would turn into a rather predictable race was a given. After all, the two Mercedes drivers - Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg - were starting the race first and third on the grid, which meant that it was almost a certainty that both would end up on the podium. Then, there was the fact that there was no rain predicted during the race itself - unlikely that there would be any major shuffle to the grid.

Hammy

When the five red lights went out at Sepang, Hamilton pulled off into the distance, with his team-mate Rosberg making a terrific start in the second of the Silver Arrows. Vettel was the big loser on the first lap, for while he was focussing on staying firmly on the tail of Hamilton's Mercedes, Rosberg managed to get the jump on him. Vettel's team-mate Daniel Ricciardo also got the better of the four-time world champion on the first lap, and Vettel found himself down in fourth, although temporarily.

As the race wore on, it was Hamilton who led comfortably from his team-mate, never really losing position or feeling the threat from one else on the grid. The battle for second was also rather tame - Vettel looked like he had the pace to catch Rosberg on occasion. But everytime the gap narrowed, Rosberg just upped his pace and made sure his position was never in threat. Vettel on the other hand looked on occasion like his position could be threatened by the likes of team-mate and Melbourne's podium hero (although that was eventually taken away from him) Ricciardo. Force India's Nico Hulkenberg also gave the chase, battling for fourth place with Fernando Alonso. But Alonso managed to steal position from Hulkenberg with just a few laps to go.

The podium in Sepang once again demonstrated Mercedes' superiority over the rest of the grid. It was the first one-two finish for the Silver Arrows since the Italian GP in 1955. It was also Lewis Hamilton's 100th points scoring finish in a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

At the head of the championship standings after two rounds of the 2014 season is Nico Rosberg who won the season opening race at Melbourne. F1 now heads to Bahrain in two weeks' time.

Pos Driver Team
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari
5. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes
6. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
7. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes
8. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes
9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes
10. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault
11. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault
12. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
13. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault
14. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault
15. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari

Retirements:

Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault
Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari
Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari
Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault
Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari
Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault
Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes

Drivers' championship:

1. Nico Rosberg 43
2. Lewis Hamilton 25
3. Fernando Alonso 24
4. Jenson Button 23
5. Kevin Magnussen 20
6. Nico Hulkenberg 18
7. Sebastian Vettel 15
8. Valtteri Bottas 14
9. Kimi Raikkonen 6
10. Felipe Massa 6
11. Jean-Eric Vergne 4
12. Daniil Kvyat 3
13. Sergio 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
8. Sauber-Ferrari 0
9. Lotus-Renault 0
10. Caterham-Renault 0
11. Marussia-Ferrari 0

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