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2013-03-24 11:46

VETTEL WINS IN SEPANG Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel trumped team mate Mark Webber to claim first place at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix.

SEPANG, Malaysia - Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber earned a hard-fought one-two victory for Red Bull at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix.

During the final stages of the race the Red Bull duo were battling each other for first place. Webber doggedly held onto his lead throughout the race but was eventually passed by team mate Vettel, who earns his 27th career win and his third Malaysian GP victory.

MERCEDES BATTLE FOR THIRD

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fought throughout the race in the battle for third. Rosberg told team boss Ross Brawn that he was quicker than Hamilton and requested to pass. "Negative" was Brawn's response claiming that he wanted to bring both cars over the finish line.

Hamilton ultimately trumped his team mate for third place while Rosberg finished in fourth. Hamilton caused a few chuckles at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix when he accidentally pulled into the pits of his former team McLaren.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa finished in fifth place, the only Ferrari driver to cross the finish line.

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean beat team mate Kimi Raikkonen for sixth place. Raikkonen, winner of the season-opening Australian grand prix, had a disappointing weekend in Sepang managing to finish in seventh.

NIGHTMARE FOR ALONSO

Fernando Alonso's 200th Formula 1 race proved disastrous as the Ferrari driver crashed out on the second lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Alonso started from third on the grid and damaged his front wing when he nudged pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel on turn two as he fought for the lead. Alonso slid into the run off area and was forced to retire.

DISASTER STRIKES FORCE INDIA

Force India had a disastrous grand prix weekend in Sepang, in stark contrast to Adrian Sutil's superb comeback in Australia. Sutil was forced to retire as Force India mechanics attempted to solve his tyre issues. Team mate Paul Di Resta was also forced to retire on lap 24 with similar problems.

Williams' Pastor Maldonado retired from the race on lap 47 of 56.

2013 Malaysian Grand Prix results:
1 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 1hour38min56.681 
2 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull +00min04.298  
3 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 00min12.181   
4 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 00min12.640   
5 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 00min25.648   
6 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 00min35.564   
7 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 00min48.479   
8 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber 00min53.044   
9 Sergio Perez (Mexico)  McLaren 01min12.357   
10 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 01min27.124   
11 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams  01min28.610   
12 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber  1 lap       
13 Jules Bianchi (France)   Marussia 1 lap       
14 Charles Pic (France) Caterham 1 lap       
15 Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham  1 lap       
16  Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia 2 laps      
17r. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren3 laps      
18r. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 5 laps      
Retired.   Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 11 laps     
r.   Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India  29 laps     
r.   Paul Di Resta (Britain)  Force India  34 laps     
r.   Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari  55 laps     
Rank: r = retired, nc = not classified)
Fastest Lap: Sergio Perez,1min39.199, lap 56.

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