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Lewis Hamilton claims dominant victory at Malaysian GP

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Lewis Hamilton produced a faultless drive to claim his first win of the 2014 season at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Briton led from start-to-finish as Mercedes again proved they are to team to beat with a dominant one-two finish as Nico Rosberg came home in second. Sebastian Vettel completed the podium for Red Bull.

The start was all about Hamilton who got a great getaway from pole and led into the first turn, but the biggest mover at the front was Daniel Ricciardo who held off both Ferrari's before producing a brave move around the outside of turn two on Sebastian Vettel to claim third.

There was Drama at turn four as Pastor Maldonado and Jules Bianchi collided at the back of the field but by the end of the first lap Hamilton had disappeared with a two second advantage as Vettel looked to respond to Ricciardo's move.

Plenty of action early on as drivers opted against fuel conservation and even without DRS we saw plenty of overtaking in the midfield.

For Kimi Raikkonen, however, going wheel-to-wheel with Kevin Magnussen would result in a puncture exiting turn two dropping him to the back and the McLaren driver would cause quite a queue as his damaged front wing caused a drop in performance.

As DRS was enabled, Vettel made the move on Ricciardo into the first corner as Bianchi became the first man to be hit with the new five-second penalty, after the contact with Maldonado, which he took at his first pit-stop.

Magnussen's slow McLaren allowed the top five to pull away from the pack as Hamilton led from Rosberg, who was ahead of the two Red Bull's and Fernando Alonso as the first pit-stops approached.

An earlier stop from Alonso almost allowed him to jump ahead of Ricciardo but the Australian was able to re-pass the Ferrari on the run through to turn three as Vettel also pitted to cover the gaining pair.

Entering the battle was Nico Hulkenberg for Force India who opted for a two-stop strategy compared to everyone else's three. He would be a major factor late on as Hamilton continued to hold a nine second advantage over Rosberg, who was being closed down by Vettel behind.

It wasn't all plain sailing for Red Bull however as Ricciardo again suffered issues with the fuel-flow sensor which left the team having to use a pre-set flow permitted by the FIA.

There were few changes during the second round of pit-stops though a threat of rain was emerging for later in the race as the Mercedes continued to lead the two Red Bull's and Alonso.

Another potential obstacle was the broken down Sauber of Adrian Sutil, who pulled off at the exit of the final corner, however, no Safety Car was needed but for the Swiss team the day got worse as Gutierrez was also forced to retire a few laps later.

With the rain holding off the final stops took place with around 15 laps to go but that would be the beginning of a disaster for Ricciardo.

The Australian's front left tyre was not attached properly by the mechanic and he was forced to stop in the pit-lane, then his front wing failed over the turn 14 kerb and a ten-second stop/go penalty for the unsafe release from the pit-stop was the final straw as the 24-year-old's impressive start at the team is yet to score him a point.

At the front Hamilton still led comfortably as Rosberg shook off Vettel and instead it was a battle for the final podium place that would be the best on track.

Vettel's fresher tyres allowed him pull away in the final laps to claim third but the hard charging Alonso ensured Hulkenberg's two-stopper wasn't enough to leapfrog him and the Spaniard finished fourth.

Jenson Button had got up to sixth for McLaren but he was holding off the two Williams of Massa and Bottas, in a slight repeat of 'Multi-21' from last year, Massa ignored instructions to let the faster Bottas ahead to attack the McLaren and the Brazilian held on to finish seventh ahead of his new team-mate.

Kevin Magnussen was ninth as Daniil Kvyat made it two consecutive points finishes with 10th for Toro Rosso.

Romain Grosjean gave Lotus hope by finishing 11th - holding off his former team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in the closing laps. Caterham too enjoyed a better race as Kobayashi finished 13th and Ericsson 14th while Max Chilton maintained his 100% finishing record but was the last classified runner in 15th.

The spoils belonged to the Silver Arrows, however, as Hamilton won by 17 seconds from Rosberg though the German still leads the Drivers Championship ahead of round three in a week's time as the Bahrain Grand Prix goes nocturnal.

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