SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - Briton's Lewis Hamilton won the Malaysian Grand Prix with a pole-to-flag victory ahead of Nico Rosberg on Sunday in a first Mercedes one-two since they returned to Formula One as a works team in 2010.
The 2008 Formula One world champion easily pulled away from his rivals on a dry track with a three-stop strategy to win by 17.3 seconds, for his 23rd career victory and first in Malaysia at the eighth attempt.
"Really grateful, thank you so much," the Briton told his team over the radio after taking the chequered flag for his second win for Mercedes since he joined them last year.
Rosberg, who won the season opener in Australia two weeks ago, started in third place but slipped past quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel on the first corner and was able to keep the Red Bull at bay and stay top of the driver standings.
Vettel finished third, 7.2sec behind Rosberg, for his first points of the season following an early retirement in Australia as he struggled to make an impact on the Mercedes pair without the rain that helped his qualifying bid on Saturday.