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MALAYSIA GP – RACE RESULTS

kimi-malgp-290315-krs003 Sebastian Vettel ended his and Ferrari’s Formula 1 win droughts as he beat Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to victory in a thrilling Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

The German chose to stay out during an early safety car period and assumed the lead. Vettel then made a two-stop strategy work while Mercedes did three stops with Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. It proved to be the wrong call for the world champion team as neither Hamilton nor Rosberg had the pace, tyre longevity or enough laps to catch and pass Vettel in the final stint.

It was Ferrari’s first victory since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, and Vettel’s first since that year’s season finale in Brazil.

Kimi Raikkonen recovered to a strong fourth in the second Ferrari having dropped to the back of the field following a puncture sustained in contact with Felipe Nasr’s Sauber on the first lap.

Scuderia Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix for Ferrari at the wheel of his SF-15T. Having started from second on the grid, the German managed to finish ahead of the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. His team-mate Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth, after having to make an unscheduled pit stop on lap 2, because of a puncture. He then fought his way back up the order to finish just off the podium. The Formula 1 circus will be back in action after a two week break, at the Shanghai circuit in China.

Final Results:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1h41m05.793s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 8.569s
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 12.310s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 53.822s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m10.409s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m13.586s
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m39.085s
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1 Lap
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
15 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
- Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes Retirement
- Jenson Button McLaren/Honda Retirement
- Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda Retirement
- Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari Retirement
- Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari Withdrawn

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DRIVERS’ STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 43
2 Sebastian Vettel 40
3 Nico Rosberg 33
4 Felipe Massa 20
5 Kimi Raikkonen 12
6 Felipe Nasr 10
7 Valtteri Bottas 10
8 Daniel Ricciardo 9
9 Nico Hulkenberg 6
10 Max Verstappen 6
11 Carlos Sainz 6
12 Marcus Ericsson 4
13 Daniil Kvyat 2
14 Sergio Perez 1
15 Romain Grosjean 0
15 Jenson Button 0
17 Roberto Merhi 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS:

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 76
2 Ferrari 52
3 Williams/Mercedes 30
4 Sauber/Ferrari 14
5 Toro Rosso/Renault 12
6 Red Bull/Renault 11
7 Force India/Mercedes 7
8 Lotus/Mercedes 0
8 McLaren/Honda 0
10 Marussia/Ferrari 0

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QUOTES

From motorsport.com – Kimi: “I think it might be the conditions,” said Raikkonen of Ferrari’s form. “It was very hot and that’s good for us, but I think even in Melbourne if we could have got behind them [Mercedes] at the beginning I don’t think they would have pulled away a lot. We know that we are not exactly as fast as them over one lap, but we are working on that. But comparing where we finished last year and where we are this year it’s a big step. I think we did the maximum we could after that [being hit and punctured by Nasr]. There’s not much that I can do when I get touched from behind. It is what it is. Luckily there was a safety car and we had pretty okay speed although we had had damage from the car flapping around. Like I said, we did the maximum that we we could. It’s a very good result for the team with the win.”

From autosport.com – Kimi: “We’ve had a very poor weekend in the sense of things going wrong. I got a very bad start, wheelspin off the line and then the first corner I didn’t get a very good positions and lost some places. Then I gained some positions and was catching people, but then I got a puncture at the last corner so I had to do the whole lap. Luckily we had a safety car so that helped. But then I don’t know what the guys in front of me were doing because they were not going full speed to catch up so we were like one straight behind. I was asking if I could pass them but there was some confusion with the Sauber in front of me. That didn’t help either. Obviously for the team it’s a pretty good result. It could have been better but I think we did the maximum with what we had today.”

From ferrari.com – Kimi: “We had a pretty poor weekend in terms of things going wrong. I had a good speed but in qualify it didn’t go well and then today, after a poor start where I had too much wheelspin right off the line, I found myself fighting with all the other drivers and I had a puncture on the rear left tyre while battling Nasr at the last corner, which means I had to go one full lap before coming back to pits with no tyre. At that point my floor had got a little bit damaged, I had to do a full lap with no tyre and then, even if the safety car helped us, I had to start from way back behind. We did our best and the forth position was the maximum we could achieve. The win of Sebastian is a very good thing for him and for the whole team , knowing how difficult the last year has been; it’s a very good job what the team has done. We knew from winter testing that we have a good car, so it did not come as a total surprise, and probably the track with these high temperatures suited us. I don’t know how it will be in other circuits, but the car has been strong so far, not yet as we want but we have a good package, and we are getting stronger”.

From espn.co.uk – Arrivabene: “I have to say the discipline of the guys was amazing and the job of Seb was unbelievable. I have to congratulate also Kimi because he caught bad luck but still, from last position, was able to do a good job. During the race I was thinking about the briefing of this morning and I was looking at the discipline of the guys, drivers, engineers, and how they were working like a Swiss watch. But in this case it was a perfect Italian watch!”


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MALAYSIA GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS

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Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari to pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix by less than a tenth of a second in a rain-affected Formula 1 qualifying session.

Hamilton’s first flying lap on intermediate tyres in Q3 proved enough to secure top spot, as Vettel split the reigning F1 world champion from his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by qualifying second.

The highest-profile casualty of the scramble for track position to get one dry lap in before the rain came was Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

The 2007 world champion was delayed at the final corner trying to pass Ericsson’s Sauber (the last car to make the cut in 10th) and by being passed by Hamilton’s Mercedes at Turn 1, and wound up only 11th fastest.

Scuderia Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari will line up on the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix, after qualifying second in a session hit by a massive storm. The rain arrived at the Malaysian track towards the end of the second part of the session and that meant Kimi Raikkonen, eleventh at the time in 1.42.173, was unable to make the cut into the top ten. In the delayed final part, the German steered his SF15-T to second, running two sets of intermediate tyres, with a best lap of 1.49.908, splitting the two Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, who took pole in 1.49.834 and Nico Rosberg third in 1.50.299.

Final Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m49.834s -
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m49.908s 0.074s
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m50.299s 0.465s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m51.541s 1.707s
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m51.950s 2.116s
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m51.980s 2.146s
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m52.473s 2.639s
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m52.980s 3.146s
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m53.179s 3.345s
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m53.260s 3.426s
11 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m42.173s -
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m42.197s -
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m43.022s -
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m43.468s -
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.700s -
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.308s -
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m41.635s -
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m41.745s -
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m46.677s -
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari - -

QUOTES

From motorsport.com – Kimi: “Obviously we got it wrong and should have been out earlier. That’s how it is. I’ve been pretty happy with the car, yesterday and this morning, and the laptime is thereabouts. I expected to be strong in qualifying, but this kind of thing is wasted. It’s part of the game, but it’s disappointing. To be quite good speed-wise, then this happens.”

From autosport.com – Kimi: “I tried to overtake Ericsson because he was in front of me. But at the last corner I couldn’t slow down because there were other people pushing me forward. We just got the timing wrong. That’s how it ended up. I don’t know if it helps to blame anyone. It’s easy to say afterwards that I should have been waiting behind Sebastian but the end result is this and whatever we will do now will not change it. It’s not often that a car is completely perfect so there are always things we want to improve. It’s not the ideal feeling with the car, sliding a bit, but it’s part of being here in Malaysia. It’s very hot and I think you can see everybody has had issues. The lap time is good but the feeling could be better.”

Scuderia Ferrari – Kimi: “Today it was simply a bad time to go out, we should have been out earlier. I did try to pass Ericsson but he was there trying to do his job; it’s not an unlucky situation but it was a mistake. Tomorrow we’ll try to climb some positions, for sure we have the speed but we are quite far from the front and when you start in this position is not going to be an easy race. Obviously there is going to be more risk in the first corner, but we’ll try to make the best out of it tomorrow.”


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MALAYSIA GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE THREE

Scuderia Ferrari: The Ferraris finished third and fourth in the final free practice session at the Sepang circuit, with Nico Rosberg once again fastest. Kimi Raikkonen posted a 1.40.245 in his SF15-T, fitted with Medium compound tyres, finishing behind the two Mercedes (Rosberg with a 1.39.690 and Lewis Hamilton in 1.39.875). Raikkonen only did 9 laps, as he had a puncture on his left rear when running the Hards, apparently caused when he ran over a piece of carbon on the track. In the other Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel was fourth fastest in 1.40.266.

FP3 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m39.690s - 13
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m39.873s 0.183s 10
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m40.245s 0.555s 9
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m40.266s 0.576s 13
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m40.391s 0.701s 14
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m40.406s 0.716s 15
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m40.590s 0.900s 19
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m40.601s 0.911s 19
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m40.989s 1.299s 18
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.200s 1.510s 19
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m41.206s 1.516s 16
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m41.592s 1.902s 18
13 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m41.775s 2.085s 14
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m41.804s 2.114s 15
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m41.991s 2.301s 13
16 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m42.099s 2.409s 14
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m42.117s 2.427s 18
18 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m42.319s 2.629s 13
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m46.647s 6.957s 9
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m47.059s 7.369s 6

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MALAYSIA GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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PRACTICE TWO

Scuderia Ferrari: Once again, Kimi Raikkonen posted the second fastest time at the Sepang circuit, in the second free practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix. And also just like in the morning, it was a Mercedes that was fastest, this time that of Lewis Hamilton (1.39.790.) Kimi did a 1.40.163, while in the other SF15-T, Sebastian Vettel was seventh with a 1.40.652. Both Ferrari men worked on a programme that focused on a comparison of the Hard and Medium tyres and some set-up work.

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m39.790s - 16
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m40.163s 0.373s 29
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m40.218s 0.428s 26
4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m40.346s 0.556s 17
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m40.450s 0.660s 31
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m40.560s 0.770s 27
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m40.652s 0.862s 29
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m41.220s 1.430s 30
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.261s 1.471s 30
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m41.799s 2.009s 8
11 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m41.877s 2.087s 15
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.988s 2.198s 30
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m42.242s 2.452s 24
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m42.291s 2.501s 31
15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m42.330s 2.540s 28
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m42.506s 2.716s 25
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m42.637s 2.847s 24
18 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m42.948s 3.158s 7
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m45.704s 5.914s 12
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m47.229s 7.439s 6

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “Today we did all we were supposed to do. In the morning the feeling with the car was better, in the afternoon was a bit more tricky, we had some handling issues and some problems with the wind and the heat, but the laptime were not so bad. Unluckily we had red flag when we went out with new softer tyres.The car is still not perfect, but I’m sure we can improve for tomorrow. We have some work to do on the set up to make everything easier, but we’ll do our best and we’ll see where we end up in qualifying”.

From ESPN: “I don’t know what the others did. I just jumped out of the car and I am here. I will have to look at what the others did, but we have more to do and I think we have to still improve because we are struggling a bit. The car is still not perfect.”

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PRACTICE ONE

Scuderia Ferrari: The Ferraris finished the first free practice session of the Malaysian Grand Prix in second and third places. Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes was fastest in this first bit of action for the second race weekend of the season, with a time of 1.40.124. The two Ferrari men split an aerodynamic evaluation programme, running two sets of the Hard tyre on the demanding Malaysian track. Kimi Raikkonen completed 17 laps, to finish behind Rosberg with a 1.40.497, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel managed just 13, (1.40.985) after having to spend much of the session in the garage while the cooling system was checked.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m40.124s - 20
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m40.497s 0.373s 17
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m40.985s 0.861s 13
4 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m41.543s 1.419s 14
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m41.596s 1.472s 26
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m41.787s 1.663s 15
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m41.803s 1.679s 23
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m41.882s 1.758s 23
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m42.055s 1.931s 18
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m42.064s 1.940s 16
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m42.103s 1.979s 23
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m42.567s 2.443s 19
13 Raffaele Marciello Sauber/Ferrari 1m42.621s 2.497s 13
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m42.885s 2.761s 20
15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m42.893s 2.769s 13
16 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m43.054s 2.930s 15
17 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m43.100s 2.976s 19
18 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m46.686s 6.562s 8
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m47.683s 7.559s 8
20 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes - - 4

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