A dominant win for Lewis Hamilton, 25 seconds ahead of the next non-Mercedes car, as the Silver Arrows pressed home their competitive advantage in Sepang.
There were some strong performances up and down the field, once again, but who stood out for you? Who was your Driver of the Day?
Took pole on Saturday in wet conditions and controlled the race from the start. Pulled out a second a lap on the opposition in the opening stint to get a 10 second margin and then protected that to the end. His first Malaysia GP win and the first 1-2 for Mercedes of the modern era.
Started third on the grid, but jumped Vettel with another stellar start. Had to cope with tyre wear issues at the rear in the early stages and was forced to push hard to keep Vettel behind him to the finish. Extended his world championship lead to 18 points. He can afford to follow Hamilton home in Bahrain and Spain and still lead the drivers’ standings.
Second on the grid in the difficult conditions of Saturday, he lost a place at the start, but pressured Rosberg and was a threat to the German for most of the race. His first podium of the year, but he trails Rosberg by 28 points at this early stage.
Despite not really featuring at the very front, Alonso is still third in the drivers’ standings, with 24 points after a stronger weekend for Ferrari netted another 4th place. The Spaniard was mighty in qualifying after the collision with Kvyat he managed to get 4th on the grid and in his race long battle with Hulkenberg he used strategy and guile to come out on top.
Another stunning performance from the young German punching above his weight in the Force India. Once again he battled with Fernando Alonso for fifth place, which once again become fourth due to problems for Dan Ricciardo. He lost out again, but he’s racing a Force India against a Ferrari and with every race his reputation is enhanced with every outing.
Jenson Button again made up places after qualifying 10th, finishing 6th for McLaren; rookie Daniil Kvyat scored points for the second race in succession for Toro Rosso; Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas battled for Williams and there will be some frostiness after the Brazilian refused a team order to yield the position.