During a humid race at Formula One's 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix, Ferrari became the team who stood out. Read on for the full race recap, for some big moments and to learn what's coming down the pipeline!
Two Past Champions Star
During the qualifying races, the bold Sebastian Vettel cut across the track in an attempt to throw off Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg. Vettel finished just behind current world champion, Lewis Hamilton, making it the first time the qualifying races have not been gridlocked by Mercedes AMG Petronas in a while. Hamilton, the 2014 season champion, and Vettel, the 2013 season champion, finished only 0.074 seconds apart, creating a strong intensity heading into the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Trouble in Paradise for Mercedes AMG Petronas?
Some wondered if the disputes between Hamilton and his teammate, Nico Rosberg, would begin again after Rosberg appeared to be blocking Hamilton as they broke out from the pole position during the qualifying races.
However, Hamilton quickly defended his teammate, stating there were many cars ahead of him and it was inevitable for a few to get in the way.
2013 F1™ Champion Wins in Malaysia
The former four-time world champion with Infiniti Red Bull Racing is back, but this time with Scuderia Ferrari! Coming back from an "off" season in 2014, Vettel made the move to Ferrari and from the looks of his performance at Sepang, the champion is back!
The race-winning moment occurred when Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson tried to do too much too fast and cut into the gravel, bringin the safety car. As most drivers took to their pits to swap out tyres, Vettel continued moving far beyond Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg. While Hulkenberg kept the rest of the pack at bay, Vettel sped forward.
After passing team Mercedes on Lap 24, Vettel raced to victory and popped champagne on the podium. This marked the German driver’s fourth win at Malaysia and his first win since Brazil in 2013.
This win is sure to propel the young and successful driver to do even bigger things during his debut season with Ferrari.
What do you think? Do you think Vettel will stay high on the standings this season? Do you think Hamilton and Mercedes will bounce back? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
A New Age: Max Verstappen
Another detail worth noted from this weekend's grand prix is Max Verstappen's performance. The 17-year-old Toro Rosso driver is now the youngest Formula 1™ driver ever to earn points during a Formula One™ grand prix. He finished in seventh place in the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix.
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