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Vettel makes a comeback - Wins debut race with Ferrari in Malaysia

Snapshot: Ferrari won a race after 2013 as Vettel makes a comeback for the Italian manufacturer.

“Yes, yes,” said ecstatic Sebastian Vettel as he won his debut race for Ferrari “Ferrari is back! Grazie, grazie.” The words are enough to describe what Vettel felt after winning the Malaysian GP fair and square against both the Mercedes team mates. Not only did the four-time world champion made a comeback, but also Ferrari, who last won a race in 2013 with Fernando Alonso.

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"I'm speechless. I'm incredibly happy and we beat them fair and square. I think today is a very special day and will always remain a part of me. It's bloody hot though!" said an emotional Vettel. “There are plenty of positives. We beat them fair and square. Today was a very special day and will always remain part of me,” he added.

Last year's and season opener winner, Lewis Hamilton came a distant second to the German, finishing the race 8.5 seconds later followed by his team mate and German Nico Rosberg who came further 3.8 seconds later. Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth after finishing a first lap puncture followed by both the Williams' drivers Valtteri Bottas at fifth and Felipe Massa in sixth.

Meanwhile, Max Verstappen became the youngest driver to score points in F1 history after he came seventh racing for Torro Rosso. He was closely followed by his team mate Carlos Sainz, who finished eighth. The top 10 of the driver's chart was completed by Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo of Read Bull who finished ninth and tenth respectively.

On the driver standings now, the win brings Vettel closer to Hamilton and the difference remains only 3 points after 2 races. While Hamilton leads the table with 43 points, Vettel sits next to him at 40, followed by Mercedes' Nico Rosberg at 33. On the constructors' table, Mercedes leads with 76 points, followed by Ferrari at 52 and Williams' at 30.

Race Results:

1

SEBASTIAN VETTEL

GER

FERRARI

1:41:05.793

25

2

LEWIS HAMILTON

GBR

MERCEDES

+8.569s

18

3

NICO ROSBERG

GER

MERCEDES

+12.31s

15

4

KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN

FIN

FERRARI

+53.822s

12

5

VALTTERI BOTTAS

FIN

WILLIAMS

+70.409s

10

6

FELIPE MASSA

BRA

WILLIAMS

+73.586s

8

7

MAX VERSTAPPEN

NED

TORO ROSSO

+97.762s

6

8

CARLOS SAINZ

ESP

TORO ROSSO

+1 lap

4

9

DANIIL KVYAT

RUS

RED BULL

+1 lap

2

10

DANIEL RICCIARDO

AUS

RED BULL

+1 lap

1

11

ROMAIN GROSJEAN

FRA

LOTUS

+1 lap

0

12

FELIPE NASR

BRA

SAUBER

+1 lap

0

13

SERGIO PEREZ

MEX

FORCE INDIA

+1 lap

0

14

NICO HULKENBERG

GER

FORCE INDIA

+1 lap

0

15

ROBERTO MERHI

ESP

MARUSSIA

+3 laps

0

RT

PASTOR MALDONADO

VEN

LOTUS

DNF

0

RT

JENSON BUTTON

GBR

MCLAREN

DNF

0

RT

FERNANDO ALONSO

ESP

MCLAREN

DNF

0

RT

MARCUS ERICSSON

SWE

SAUBER

DNF

0

 

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