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Vettel wins Malaysian Grand Prix

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SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) Fears that Mercedes would dominate the 2015 Formula One season were swept aside in a flash of Ferrari red on Sunday as a tearful Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix and announced himself as a genuine title contender.

Most observers were gloomily predicting another one-sided season after Mercedes recorded a comfortable one-two finish in the season opener in Australia, but two weeks later the picture was very different as Ferrari capitalized on searing track temperatures and some rare Mercedes mistakes to take a drought-breaking victory.

Coming off eight-straight wins and with Lewis Hamilton on pole, there was every reason to expect another Mercedes stroll. However, a track temperature of 61 degrees Celsius (142 F) at the start of the race exposed a chink in Mercedes' armor, as their tires degraded more quickly than Vettel's.


Formula 1 Leaders: Points
1 L.Hamilton 43 1
2 S.Vettel 40 1
3 N.Rosberg 33 0
4 F.Massa 20 0
5 K.Raikkonen 12 0
6 F.Nasr 10 0
7 V.Bottas 10 0
8 D.Ricciardo 9 0
9 M.Verstappen 6 0
10 N.Hulkenberg 6 0
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