World champion Kimi Raikkonen kicked his title defence into life with victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Finn passed his Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa thanks to a stunning lap before his first pit stop, after which he dominated the race. Massa spun out of second place, gifting it to BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica, with Heikki Kovalainen’s McLaren third.
Raikkonen said: “I got alongside Felipe after I got a bit better start but I thought we don’t want to risk between the team-mates in the first corner, and I decided to stay behind and try my move on the first stop and it worked out perfectly. “We were pretty similar speed-wise, but once he went in my car went better and I was able to go much quicker on my in-lap and pass him.
“After that the car was handling perfectly and I was able to go away. “It was a pretty easy race from that first pitstop really. “We had quite a difficult weekend in Australia and we were not 100% sure it was going to be any different here. “But everything worked perfectly. This is a good start to the season for us and we’re in a pretty good position.”