Sebastian Vettel drove a flawless tactical race to claim his maiden victory for Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, registering the first Formula One win for the Italian team since 2013.
Sebastian Vettel drove a flawless tactical race to claim his maiden victory for Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday
the first Formula One win for Ferrari since 2013
Riding an eight-race winning run, and with Lewis Hamilton on the pole, there was every reason to expect another Mercedes day at the Sepang International Circuit. The race gets off to a clean start with Hamilton pulling away from Vettel on the first lap.
Vettel's teammate Kimi Raikkonen suffers an early puncture and is forced to make an unscheduled pit stop on lap 2. He would come back later to finish fourth.
The race turned in Ferrari's favour when Sauber's Marcus Ericsson spins off at the start of lap four to bring out the safety car. Vettel, who had been trailing Hamilton up to that point, elected to stay out, while both Mercedes cars came into the pits.
This handed the opportunity to the German to take the lead, Vettel stayed out on the medium compound tires and made the lead stick until the end of the race, holding off Hamilton to win by 8.6 seconds.
This is Vettel's first victory since the 2013 season finale in Brazil, as well as Ferrari's first win since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, ending a long drought for the Italian Formula One team.