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autoviva2015-03-30 11:19:03

Strategy gives win to Vettel and Ferrari

German driver and Italian scuderia both ended a victory drought that lasted since 2013

Vettel fullfilled his child dream of winning a race behind the wheel of a Ferrari

Vettel ended his and FerrariFerrariFerrariItaly, 1947 > present233 models
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's drought of victories after taking first place in the Malaysian Grand Prix. The strategy was a major factor which helped the German to beat the MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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The four-time world champion took the lead early in the race when he opted not to pit when a safety car was sent out to the track. Vettel and Ferrari opted for a two-stop strategy while Mercedes chose to make three.

Despite the stronger pace, Mercedes' Hamilton and Rosberg failed to catch Vettel in the lead who managed his first victory since the Brazilian Grand Prix 2013 and the first from Ferrari since the Spanish Grand Prix of the same year.

With second place in Malaysia, Hamilton retains the championship lead with 43 points, three more than Vettel, with Nico Rosberg seven points behind the German after finishing in third place.

Despite a puncture caused by a contact with the SauberSauberSauberSwitzerland, 1970 > present21 models
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's Felipe Nasr in the first lap which put him in the back of the pack, Kimi Raikkonen managed to take the second Ferrari back to fourth place.

Overtaking his teammate Felipe Massa in the final moments of the race, Valteri Bottas finished the race in fifth place. Just behind the WilliamsWilliamsWilliamsUnited Kingdom, 1977 > present37 models
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duo finished the two cars from Toro RossoToro RossoToro RossoItaly, 2006 > present10 models
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, with Max Verstappen also passing Carlos Sainz Jr in the final laps.

Red BullRed BullRed BullAustria, 2004 > present12 models
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's Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat completed the top 10 in Malaysia.

Now check the Drivers' and Manufacturers' standings.

Results Malaysian Grand Prix
1 Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari 1:41:05.793 25
2 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes +8.569s 18
3 Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes +12.31s 15
4 Kimi Räikkönen FIN Ferrari +53.822s 12
5 Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams +70.409s 10
6 Felipe Massa BRA Williams +73.586s 8
7 Max Verstappen NED Toro Rosso +97.762s 6
8 Carlos Sainz ESP Toro Rosso +1 lap 4
9 Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull +1 lap 2
10 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull +1 lap 1
11 Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus +1 lap 0
12 Felipe Nasr BRA Sauber +1 lap 0
13 Sergio Perez MEX Force India +1 lap 0
14 Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India +1 lap 0
15 Roberto Merhi ESP Marussia +3 laps 0
RT Pastor Maldonado VEN Lotus DNF 0
RT Jenson Button GBR McLaren DNF 0
RT Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren DNF 0
RT Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber DNF 0



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