Team by team analysis of Malaysian Grand Prix

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Team by team analysis of Sunday's Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang circuit (listed in championship order)

RED BULL (Sebastian Vettel 1, Mark Webber 2) Vettel's 27th career win (equalling Jackie Stewart's tally), and first of the season, was one of his most controversial after the champion ignored team orders and passed Webber in the closing laps. Vettel took the championship lead. Webber started fifth and, leading, eased up as ordered to save tyres and engine. Red Bull took the lead in the constructors' table.

LOTUS (Romain Grosjean 6, Kimi Raikkonen 7) Raikkonen scored points for the 19th race in succession but fell to second overall in the standings after winning the season-opener in Australia. The Finn lost part of his front wing at the start. Grosjean had to let Felipe Massa past towards the end as his tyres went off.

FERRARI (Felipe Massa 5, Fernando Alonso retired) Alonso damaged his front wing at the start when he tagged Vettel. The wing then dislodged and wedged under the car at the start of lap two, sending the Ferrari into the gravel while in third place. Massa started on the front row for the first time since Bahrain 2010 and continued his resurgence.

MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton 3, Nico Rosberg 4) Hamilton's first podium for Mercedes (and 50th of his career) since his move from McLaren owed much to Rosberg obeying team orders. Hamilton, on a four stop strategy, provided the comedy moment of the race when he pulled in to the McLaren pit. The points haul was the most on a single weekend by Mercedes since they returned as a works team in 2010.

FORCE INDIA (Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta retired) Both drivers retired in the pits after problems with the team's new captive wheel nut system.

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