Kimi Raikkonen celebrates winning the Malaysian Grand Prix (EPA).
Kimi Raikkonen put behind him the disastrous start to the season that he made last Sunday's by claiming a comfortable victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver cruised home 19.5 seconds ahead of Robert Kubica, of BMW Sauber, with Heikki Kovalainen finishing third in his McLaren.
Lewis Hamilton was fifth behind Jarno Trulli, of Toyota, after a bungled pit stop cost the Briton a chance of a place on the podium, while Felipe Massa's race ended after 30 laps when he beached his Ferrari in the gravel having started in pole.
A Ferrari victory had looked odds-on before the race as chief rivals Kovalainen and Hamilton had both been hit by five-place grid penalties for impeding Nick Heidfeld and Fernando Alonso at the end of yesterday's qualifying session, meaning they lined up eighth and ninth respectively.
When the threat of rain failed to materialise and both Ferrari drivers made a clean start from both Ferrari drivers, their dominance looked even more likely.