British driver Lewis Hamilton ended an 8-month losing streak with a commanding victory at the Malaysia Grand Prix just 17 seconds ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg making it the first time since 1955 that both drivers from Mercedes led the field. Red Bull’s 4-time defending world champ Sebastian Vettel was third
Hamilton, who won pole during qualifying for the race, never seemed pressured, gaining a 5.2-second lead by the 9th lap, with Rosberg holding onto a nearly 4- second lead over Vettel with a problem-plagued Daniel Ricciardo holding at 4th. Although Hamilton pitted after lap 15, he quickly regained the lead, this time leading Rosberg by 8 seconds.
"Incredible, incredible," Hamilton exclaimed at the end of the race."I just feel so grateful particularly after such a tragedy three weeks ago. I would like to dedicate it to the victims of the mysterious MH370 plane disappearance and their families.”
The tragedy was blamed for poor ticket sales for the race, leaving stands at the Sepang International Circuit half empty.