Ricciardo well off the pace

The Duncraig driver qualified fourth for last Sunday�s Malaysian Grand Prix, but steadily lost places throughout the thrilling 57-lap race on the fast Sepang circuit, and finished 10th.

The day belonged to Ferrari, the Italian brand taking its first Formula One win since May, 2013, when Fernando Alonso took one of the prancing horse cars to victory in Spain.

On Sunday, it was Sebastien Vettel, Ricciardo�s 2014 Red Bull teammate, who took control of the race quite early and finished ahead of the usually dominant Mercedes� of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The two Red Bulls started off fourth and fifth, but despite their qualifying potential, failed to hold position and embarrassingly finished behind the two Toro Rossos, Red Bull�s junior team.

The Red Bulls were also again lapped by the leaders, as happened in the lacklustre Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne a fortnight ago.

By contrast, Malaysia was a fast, thrilling event with lots of drama and overtaking, and much closer finishes at the end.

Vettel, who was having just his second race for Ferrari, was exhausted and very emotional, openly weeping on the podium. It was his 40th career win.

�I�m happy and proud of today. We beat them (Mercedes) fair and square and it is a special day that is why I am emotional,� he blurted.

Teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who had a puncture on the opening lap, was fourth, proving the Ferraris are definitely back. Fifth and sixth were the Williams� of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa.