The 2014 Formula 1 championships looked like Mercedes’ and Lewis Hamilton’s season to lose in pre-season practice, and after retiring early in Australia Lewis roared back at the Malaysian GP! Hamilton crossed the line some 15 seconds ahead of his Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg, and looked like he could have gone quite a bit faster if he’d had to.
At the back of the pack, meanwhile, Pastor Maldonado continues to play out what has to be the most ill-timed team change in Formula 1 history. Last year, the Renault-powered Lotus cars were winning races while Maldonado’s Williams looked vaguely like a painted pig. This year? Those Williams look both pretty and pretty racy, and Pastor’s Lotus? 2 retirements in 2 races.
Here’s how the rest of the race played out …
|Driver No.||Driver||Team||Grid Pos.|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||3|
|27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||5|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||Ret|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||DNS|
… which doesn’t do justice to Nico “the Hulk” Hulkenburg’s epic Force India drive, which included a few scraps with the Red Bull drivers and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. Daniel Ricciardo, also, put in a stellar Malaysian GP performance, only to be let down by his Red Bull pit crew, yet again.