Dick Lovett Ferrari | 2015 Formula One World Championship Race Report Feature

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2015 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix - Kuala Lumpur

Vettel stuns Mercedes with Ferrari win at Sepang!

Sebastian Vettel scored his and Ferrari's first win since 2013 on Sunday, as a superb strategic drive for his new team helped him defeat pre-race favourites Mercedes in the 2015 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix.

Having started from second on the grid, the German managed to finish ahead of the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Underlining how strong the red cars were in the very high ambient and track temperatures here, Kimi Rakkonen recovered from a first-lap puncture after a brush with Felipe Nasr, and then two normal pit stops, to take fourth, well ahead of a tense intra-team battle which saw Valtteri Bottas come back from a first-lap clash with Pastor Maldonado to push ahead of Williams team mate Felipe Massa on the 55th of the 56 laps.

Vettel's victory - the first for Ferrari since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, and the German's first since Brazil in the same year - allowed him to close to within three points of Hamilton in the drivers' standings. After two rounds Hamilton has 43 points to Vettel's 40 and Rosberg's 33.

Mercedes retain a commanding lead in the constructors' stakes, with 76 points to Ferrari's 52 and Williams' 30.

Sepang International Circuit


First Grand Prix - 1999
Number of Laps - 56
Circuit Length - 5.543KM
Race Distance - 310.408KM
Lap Record - 1:34.223 by Juan Pablo Montoya (2004)

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