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Red Bull's Vettel wins Malaysian Grand Prix


Sebastian Vettel delivered Red Bull its much needed victory in Speang on the weekend

As an extra boost for Red Bull, team mate Mark Webber came home second.

Vettel took the lead from Australian Webber early on, with the only real challenge from McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton before his tyre stop.

Webber stayed close to Vettel until the stops, but lost two and a half seconds in his tyre stop because of a wheel-gun problem, and finished 4.8s behind.

Nico Rosberg of Mercedes GP finished in third after Michael Schumacher retired early on, and Robert Kubica scored fourth for Renault.

The McLaren and Ferrari drivers provided plenty of excitement as they fought the field from their low grid positions. Hamilton was 12th by the end of the first lap after starting 20th, but staying on hard rubber until the 30th lap meant he was unable to overtake Adrian Sutil when he switched to soft Bridgestones.

Hamilton had to be content with another sixth place ahead of Felipe Massa who was Ferrari’s sole finisher.

McLaren’s Jenson Button took eighth, after making an early stop to switch from his soft tyres. Fernando Alonso’s engine broke on lap 55, dropping him back to a 13th-place finish.

Jaime Alguersuari came ninth, with Nico Hulkenberg tenth.

Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi took 11th from Rubens Barrichello.

In the championship standings Massa now leads with 39 from Alonso and Vettel on 37, Button on 35, Hamilton on 31 and Kubica on 30. In the constructors’ stakes Ferrari lead with 76, but McLaren now have 66, Red Bull 61, Mercedes 44 and Renault 30.

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