Vettel leads Red Bull one-two in Malaysian Grand Prix
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Germany's Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday, ahead of team-mate Mark Webber, as Red Bull finally put their earlier car failings behind them.
AFP - Sebastian Vettel led his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber home in a resounding triumph that finally proved their reliability in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
As the anticipated tropical downpour failed to materialise, the 56-laps race was run in dry conditions that were clearly to the Red Bulls' liking as they streaked clear from the start to dominate an intriguing contest.
Vettel, 22, took the lead on lap one when he outpaced his 33-year-old Australian team-mate and, apart from short periods during the pit-stops, stayed there to the chequered flag.
It was his sixth career win and lifted him into contention for the title after he and Webber had suffered car failings and disappointment in the season opening Bahrain and Australian races.
Vettel had pole for both of those races but failed to take advantage.
German Nico Rosberg, who started second on the grid behind Webber, came home third for the new Mercedes team, but his celebrated 41-year-old team-mate Michael Schumacher retired having lost a wheel nut after only eight laps.
Poland's Robert Kubica was fourth for Renault, another fine result after his second place last weekend in Melbourne, ahead of German Adrian Sutil of Force India.
Sutil held off Briton Lewis Hamilton of McLaren in a close duel for much of the race.
Hamilton finished sixth, after starting 20th, following an exhilarating drive through the field which left him fending off a chasing Brazilian Felipe Massa of Ferrari in the final laps.
Massa was seventh, defending world champion Briton Jenson Button of McLaren was eighth and Spaniard Jaime Alguerasurari ninth for Toro Rosso ahead of rookie Nico Hulkenberg in a Williams who claimed his first point in Formula One.
Almost amazingly, after Saturday’s tropical storms that disrupted qualifying, the race was run in dry conditions and searing heat.
"Well done boys, thank-you all, thank-you boys," shrieked a relieved Vettel on his slowing down lap. "What a fantastic car."
Two-times world champion Fernando Alonso pushed hard to claim points after starting close to the back of the field with Hamilton, Button and Massa, but his engine blew in the final laps.