Malaysia, Mar 29: Sebastian Vettel won for the first time since 2013 in his second race for Ferrari, as Lewis Hamilton came second and Nico Rosberg finished third in Sepang International Circuit here in Malaysia today. Vettel, who joined Ferrari this year as Fernando Alonso's replacement, won a strategic battle as Mercedes struggled with tyres in the tropical heat.
Hamilton's team-mate Nico Rosberg was third from Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who fought back from an early puncture. The performance of Ferrari and Vettel was a wake-up call for both Mercedes and Formula 1, the German manufacturer having dominated the sport since the start of last season.
Vettel's victory was the 40th of his career - only one short of Ayrton Senna, who is third in the all-time list - and the first time Mercedes had been beaten since last July's Hungarian Grand Prix. And it marks an amazing turnaround by Ferrari, who last year had their worst season for 21 years, managing only two podiums.
The next race will be held at the Shanghai International Circuit in China on April 12, 2015.