Mercedes AMG boss Toto Wolff and Red Bull's Christian Horner both agree Ferrari's return to the winners' circle in Malaysia is 'what Formula 1 needed' just two weeks after calls to peg back Mercedes' dominant pace.

An inspired performance by both Sebastian Vettel and the Ferrari would see it prevail in challenging conditions at Sepang, the German keeping his cool to take full advantage of his car's impressive pace on an exceedingly hot race day.

The success comes just two weeks after Mercedes' comprehensive 1-2 result at Melbourne prompted a flurry of calls to consider ways to ensure greater parity between it and the opposition.

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However, having played down the prospect of a Mercedes whitewash once again in 2015 at the time, Wolff was magnanimous in defeat and almost appreciative of the fact that Ferrari's success proved his team can still be beaten.

"Ferrari deserved to win," he said. "From a racing perspective you have to acknowledge they have done a great development this winter. For Formula One it is positive, after all the talk we had in Melbourne, of a boring race and Mercedes running away with the championship. We had it in Bahrain last year and then there was a sensational race. It is what Formula One needed."

Even Horner, who stirred up controversy by calling on the FIA to introduce engine equalisation after Australia, had to accept that Ferrari's win will have a positive impact on the sport.

"I think it is healthy for Formula 1," he said. "A good day for Formula 1 really. Not a great day for us, but a good day for F1 that in an outright race they managed to beat them."