Formula One

                   === Hamilton dominant in Malaysian GP ===
 Sepang, Malaysia ( - Lewis Hamilton led from start to finish
 and crossed the line well ahead of his Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg, to win
 Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.
 Hamilton,   the  2008   Formula  One  world  champion,  bounced  back  from  a
 disappointing  start  to the 2014  season two weeks  ago in Australia where he
 retired early after starting on pole there.
 "This  is incredible  after  such  a difficult  weekend  and  a long  winter,"
 Hamilton said. "I just feel so grateful."
 Hamilton  crossed  the finish line 17.3  seconds ahead of Rosberg for his 23rd
 career  F1 win, including his first in the Malaysian GP. It was the first time
 Mercedes finished 1-2 since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix.
 "The  team  was spot  on with all  of the  pit stops and  with the calling and
 timing,"  Hamilton  added.  "What a  great  car  and  what  a great  job  from
 Hamilton  dedicated his win to the families of the 239 people aboard Malaysian
 Airlines  Flight 370,  which vanished on March 8. Sepang International Circuit
 is  located  just moments away  from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where
 the ill-fated flight took off.
 Rosberg  started  third but  overtook Red Bull  driver and four-time defending
 world champion Sebastian Vettel for second on the opening lap.
 "I  got a great  start, and that allowed me to get into second place," Rosberg
 said. "From then on, I was trying to chase Lewis, but he was too quick today."
 Mercedes  has begun  the season  with  back-to-back wins.  Rosberg scored  the
 victory in the Australian Grand Prix.
 Vettel  rebounded  nicely from  his early  retirement in  Australia as well by
 finishing  third. He had won three of the last four Malaysian GPs, including a
 victory in this race one year ago.
 "The  start was not very good, and I was quite surprised when I saw Nico on my
 right,"  Vettel  said. "Later on, I  was trying to get  as close as I could to
 Nico.  At one stage, it looked like we were pretty similar and evenly matched,
 but  then it was like he found another gear and pulled away. At the end, I was
 just trying to take the car home."
 Fernando Alonso from Ferrari placed fourth for the second straight grand prix,
 while  Force India's  Nico Hulkenberg  took the  fifth spot.  McLaren's Jenson
 Button was sixth.
 Rosberg  has  now accumulated 43 points  for the season, compared to 25 points
 for Hamilton and 24 for Alonso.
 Felipe  Massa  finished seventh after  beating his Williams teammate, Valtteri
 Bottas,  in a  hard-fought battle for the position in the closing laps. Massa,
 who  is in his  first year with Williams after spending the past eight seasons
 with  Ferrari,  ignored a team order.  Williams instructed Massa to let Bottas
 pass him since he had the faster car late in the race.
 Bottas crossed the line a half-second behind Massa in eighth.
 Rookie  Kevin  Magnussen from  McLaren and  Toro Rosso's  Daniil Kvyat, also a
 rookie this year, completed the top-10.
 Magnussen,  who finished  second in  Australia, recovered  from a  five-second
 penalty  that he received for an incident with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen on lap
 2.  Magnussen needed  a new front wing  after he tagged the back of Raikkonen,
 who suffered a punctured right-rear tire. Raikkonen finished 12th.
 03/30 07:49:56 ET

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