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Hamilton, Rosberg register easy 1-2 for Mercedes in Malaysia

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Pre-season favourite Lewis Hamilton got himself on the scoreboard in the Drivers' Championship in style today with a thumping start to finish win in what was a surprisingly largely dry Malaysian Grand Prix. It was a perfect day for Mercedes, with championship leader Nico Rosberg completing a perfect 1-2 for the German manufacturer with Rosberg grabbing second place from Sebastian Vettel early in the race and having more than enough about him to coast home rather comfortably behind his runaway teammate.

Vettel too notched up his first points of the new season with the reigning 4-time World Champion taking the last step of the podium. His teammate Daniel Ricciardo continued to have some absolutely awful luck, blown what should have been a comfortable top five finish thanks to a tyre change which went awry and effectively cost him a lap. As a result, Fernando Alonso continued to his mission of making the best of an ordinary car to take fourth place ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in the Force India, who converted his strong qualifying position into a fantastic points finish.

McLaren's Jenson Button survived an almighty scrap with Williams' Felipe Massa, who failed to take his chances against the former world champion. Massa, who was no.2 at Ferrari for so long and played his part gamely in helping his teammates to notch up world championship wins, rejected instructions from his pit crew to let his teammate Valtteri Bottas past, with the youngster seemingly more likely to snatch a place from Button.

Danish rookie driver Kevin Magnussen had another entertaining race for McLaren, surviving a collision with Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari and an ensuing stop and go penalty to finish inside the top 10 and grab some crucial points for his team. Raikkonen himself suffered a puncture and never really recovered enough to pick up points, the veteran finishing 12th. Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat completed the point scoring positions by coming in 10th.

Hamilton summed up Mercedes' day perfectly in his post race address, sharing, "What a great car, what a great job from everyone."