31 Mar 2014

Mercedes dominates Malaysian Grand Prix

8:27 am on 31 March 2014

Briton's Lewis Hamilton led throughout at the Malaysian Grand Prix last night to take the chequered flag ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg in a first Mercedes one-two since they returned to Formula One as a works team in 2010.

The 2008 world champion easily pulled away from his rivals on a dry track to win by 17 seconds, his 23rd career victory but first in Malaysia at the eighth attempt.

Rosberg, who won the season opener in Australia two weeks ago, started in third place but squeezed past world champion Sebastian Vettel into the first corner and was able to keep the Red Bull at bay and stay top of the driver standings.

Rosberg leads the drivers' championship with 43 points, 18 ahead of Hamilton with another point back to Ferrari's Fernando Alonso who was a distant fourth last night.

Red Bull's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo was given a 10-place grid penalty for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix following a pit stop error that led to his retirement from last night's race.

The Australian was penalised for an unsafe release by his team after a pit stop when his front left wheel wasn't properly secured.

It was another setback for 24-year-old Ricciardo, who finished second at the Australian Grand Prix, only to be disqualified for a fuel-flow infringement.

Red Bull has appealed the ruling.