Imperious Hamilton wins as Mercedes dominate in Malaysia

Lewis Hamilton leads the field away at the start of Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton leads the field away at the start of Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix
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Lewis Hamilton led from start to finish to win Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix in style and claim his first win of the 2014 F1 World Championship.

At the wheel of his Brackley-based Mercedes AMG Petronas W05, Hamilton drove a composed race to claim his 23rd Grand Prix victory and confirm his tag as favourite for this year’s world title.

After the race, the Briton was thrilled with his car’s performance and feels there is much more to come from the Brackley team this season.

He said: “This is the best car I have ever driven.

“The team have given me something really good and I was very comfortable in the race. The car did everything I needed it to do and I think we have a car that is capable of winning many more races this season.”

Hamilton’s teammate, Nico Rosberg, who won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, made it a 1-2 for Mercedes after crossing the finish line 17 seconds further back. Defending champion Sebastian Vettel was third for Red Bull.

Rosberg, who still leads the overall standings, said: “Victory in Australia and second place here in Malaysia has been a good start to the season for me. I need to keep scoring good results and keep the momentum going, at this stage of the season it is very important to continue to score good points in every race.”

Nico Hulkenberg finished fifth for the Silverstone-based Sahara Force India team, although his team-mate, Sergio Perez, was forced out of the race on the opening lap.

The Bicester-based Toro Rosso squad also celebrated a point-scoring finish with their 19-year-old Russian debutant, 
Daniil Kvyat.

The 2013 GP3 Series champion drove another fine race in his Renault-powered car to pass the chequered flag 10th – his second successive drive to the points.

He said: “I am really happy. My F1 career has started well and I aim to continue doing everything I can to maintain my form. I feel very motivated and want to score as many points as possible ahead of the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi later this season.”

Jean-Eric Vergne, driving the second Toro Rosso, was a retirement and added: “These things happen and I am now looking to Bahrain to get my season back on-track.”