After he was repeatedly convinced that both drivers were given the same instruction he found Vettel not following the team instruction and challenging him for the win. Vettel's decision to go for the win provided the fans with a brilliant battle that covered two laps, but did not go down well with his team mate or the team bosses. A three week break in the offing is the best Red Bull could hope for, but they surely never expected to go into the break after a one-two finish amidst such a heavy atmosphere within the team. This is not the last we will hear of this, so watch this space. A brilliant start for the Australian and good strategy to stay on the inters for a couple of laps more than Vettel did, easily took him ahead of his German teammate in the first part of the race. He managed the gap till the final pitstop and the rest is, as they say, history.
Romain Grosjean led the Lotus charge over his team mate Kimi Raikkonen, and went on to deliver a stellar performance to end the day in sixth and one place ahead of the Finn. Starting in P11, Romain spent quite a bit of time behind Felipe Massa in the first half of the race while Kimi was stuck behind Hulkenberg for quite a while. After his penalty for impeding Nico Rosberg in qualifying, Kimi lost a part of his front wing at the start and that always meant the race would be an uphill battle. But the Lotus's again finished the race with one pit stop lesser than most and are going to be fighting for the win at more races to come.
In what was Nico Hulkenberg's first race for Sauber, he finished the race in eighth and took home valuable points for the Swiss team. He fought hard with Kimi in the middle of the race and kept the Finn behind him for a considerable amount of time. His rookie teammate Esteban Gutierrez finished in twelfth place after an ambitious strategy to try and do a three stopper meant he lost too much time on worn tyres and finally had to make the fourth stop anyway. Without this he might have just been able to fight in the points.
Jean Eric Vergne took his first point of the season after claiming the last spot in the points classification, after an eventful race which saw the team penalised for an unsafe release into the side of one of the Caterhams. He had to then be wheeled back into his pit slot and have his nose changed, without which they could have fought for ninth place with the Mexican. Daniel Ricciardo aquaplaned off turn three even before the start of the race and that damaged the underside of his car. This affected his race pace and he finally had to retire with an issue with his exhaust.
1.486 seconds behind him, and missing out on his first Formula one point was the rookie flying Finn, who had a good start, but braking off the dry line meant he ran off the the track and had to fight back from the back of the grid. A good strategy and one pit stop less helped him move up the order after the disappointment at the start. A KERS problem on the car forced Pastor Maldonado to retire from the race at a little over half distance.
Jules Bianchi added to his impressive list of Formula One Grands Prix after finishing a brilliant thirteenth position, thirty four seconds ahead of Charles Pic in fourteenth and one lap ahead of his teammate. The duo were followed by their teammates with the Caterham of Van der Garde finishing ahead of Max Chilton.
Force India suffered a disappointing end to the Malaysian Grand Prix after both drivers had to retire from the race due to faulty wheel nuts. Starting from ninth and fifteenth, they were hoping for a points finish for atleast one car, but with other things in store they have to now only look forward to China in three weeks time.