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1 L Hamilton
McLaren-Mercedes Winner
2 S Vettel RBR-Renault +5.1 sec
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M Webber
RBR-Renault +7.5 sec

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Championship Standings

1 F. Alonso
  35
2 L. Hamilton

  30
3 J. Button

  25
4 M. Webber

  24
5 S. Perez

  22
6 S. Vettel
  18
7 K. Raikkonen
  16
8 B. Senna

  8
9 K. Kobayashi
  8
10  P. di Resta

  7

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Tuesday 27 march 2 27 /03 /Mar 15:51

By Kevin V. (Kdawg)

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After the Australian Grand Prix was over, we knew that we were in for quite a season. However, we thought that the Australian race was as good as it would get, but just one week later, the Malaysian Grand Prix came around and proved us completely wrong. There was more than just action in Sepang, there were weather conditions early on, tire strategy throughout the whole race, and a completely jumbled up order at the end of the race. Sadly, it's all over, but we can always look forward to the next race, because who knows what will happen then? Now that the Malaysian Grand Prix is in the past, time to reflect on the teams and drivers who were quite a factor during the race.

 

I bet we all know who we're talking about first! Our race winners, Ferrari, had a bittersweet race, however the sweet part greatly overshadowed the bitter. Coming off the Australian GP, you would have never counted Ferrari in for the race win, but here they are now, winning the second race of the season. What caused their sudden change in form? I don't even think it was the car, but Alonso himself. Massa was driving the same car but finished 15th, so I think it was mostly the driver who was able to move himself up to take the win. Also, the conditions may have suited their car more than in the dry, because if the F2012 is "soft" then that would be the case. This might have helped as well, but I'm still convinced that the win was mostly Fernando.

 

d12mal4168.jpg Sergio Perez and Sauber did an amazing job this past weekend, but it makes me and many others wonder what they were doing so high up in the field. Again, it was partly the driver, and I think Perez did an exceptional job in those conditions. Some drivers prefer certain conditions over others, and maybe Sergio likes driving in the wet over driving in clear conditions. Rain racing takes lots of strategy, and Perez plays that game amazingly. He can make his tires last longer, and he can keep the car under control even if those tires are off the cliff. Pitting on Lap One was the way to go, and that gave him a good position at the red flag. After that, he continued to pit at the right time, and that put him up right up there. How was he catching Alonso? I think that the Ferrari and the Sauber-Ferrari have similar speeds, and you could tell that Perez wasn't under as much pressure, which meant that he could push harder. I think Sergio might've won the race if it weren't for that excursion in the closing stages of the race, but it was a great performance nonetheless. Felipe Massa better be worried, because Sergio's closing in.

 

I also have to give a shout out to Force India, because believe it or not, they were the only team to get both drivers in the points in Kuala Lampur. Even though, neither Paul di Resta, nor Nico Hulkenberg had exciting races, it was still quite something to see a midfield team be the only team with all its drivers in scoring positions. It was also Hulkenberg's first points since Brazil 2010, and the first double points finish for Force India of the season, which is just one step closer to moving up the field.

 

The HRTs, especially Narain Karthikeyan, got in the way of frontrunning drivers throughout the whole race. Button ran into Karthikeyan when attempting to lap the HRT, and that completely ruined Jenson's race. Later on Vettel was clipped from behind by the Indian, and got a puncture, which blew Sebastian's chance of points. Vettel gave Karthikeyan a nice finger signal from the cockpit, and after the Grand Prix was finished, Vettel said that Karthikeyan was a "cucumber" and that as there are idiots on the normal road, there are idiots on track too.

 

Now, we're done with wrapping up the Malaysian Grand Prix, so it's time to move on to Shanghai for the Chinese event. Tickets are still on sale, and you can go to the Malaysian GP Recap and click on the link at the bottom to order them. Hope you do, and see you in Shanghai!

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Monday 26 march 1 26 /03 /Mar 16:27

By Kevin V. (Kdawg)

The 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix had to have been one of the best races I've seen in the modern era of Formula 1. Now that the race is over, it's time to look at what the top three drivers had to say to David Croft in the interview room. Fernando Alonso won the race ahead of Sergio Perez, then Hamilton was third. I think we'll all be interested in what the first two have to say, especially the second place man!

 

d12mal3353.jpg David Croft: Fernando, Congratulations on a victory that you probably didn’t expect at the start of the week but what about in the latter stages as Sergio was catching you?
Fernando Alonso:
Yeah definitely, a big surprise today with the win. We were not competitive in Australia, we were not competitive here and our goal for this first race is to score as many points as possible. But today we did 25 so it’s an unbelievable result, so great job from the team and trackside I think we maximised the potential we have in our hands at the moment. Good qualifying yesterday going into Q3 and then today keeping calm in some extreme conditions I think, at the beginning with the Inters with a lot of water and then switching to the Inters and then switching to the dry tyres in the perfect moment with perfect pit stops. Congratulations to the team because I think they deserve this victory. It’s a tough time for us at the moment but this Sunday we will remember. 

 

DC: Fernando, what does this do to a Ferrari team? So many questions asked about the performance of the car in Australia, does this give fresh motivation and can we see it again in the near future?
FA:
I think it changes nothing, to be honest. We are in a position that we don’t want, to be fighting to go into Q3 and then fighting to score some points. We want to fight for pole positions, for victories, so definitely in the first two races of the Championship that we find d12mal3375ourselves off the pace. As I said before, the goal was not to lose many points with the leaders. I think we did a job in the trackside, as I said, and we didn’t lose maybe any point to the leaders, so this is the positive news about these first two races but coming to China, Bahrain, Barcelona, there is a lot of stuff coming to improve the car and this is the real job we have to do. I know the team is putting in a lot of effort. We trust each other a lot in the team, we are very united at the moment and this win will make us very happy today and maybe the next two days in the factory but it doesn’t change our determination to improve the car and to keep winning.

 

dcd1225ma44.jpg David Croft: I’m sure Sergio it’s a Sunday that you’ll remember for the rest of your life as well. A phenomenal effort from yourself and the team but do you think this was a win that could have been yours?
Sergio Perez:
I think so, I definitely think so. I mean, I was catching Fernando toward the end of the race, I knew I had to get him soon because all the sectors with the high speed I was losing already my front tyres with a lot of degradation going behind Fernando, so it wasn’t easy. Then I ran wide in the quick corner, I touched a kerb and I went to the dirty side. It was completely wet and that was the end of the win, probably. It was very difficult obviously to get Fernando but I think today the win was possible. I have to say the team has done an incredible job. They called me always on the right time, especially the first pit stop we did, it was really at the right moment. Unfortunately Fernando pitted one lap earlier than us, towards the end of the race when the track was already dry and he opened some gap there, and even then we managed to get him, the pace was fantastic, I was really quick. I have to say many thanks to the team, they have done a great job and I’m very happy for them.

 

DC: Sergio, so close, so close! Is that what you’re thinking?
SP:
Really! I think the win today was really possible. Obviously the team did very good work to call me in at the right times. We lost one lap just at the end to Fernando on the dry tyres, so we lost about two seconds, and then my pit stop didn’t go so well with the clutch. And then I managed to catch him, lap by lap. d12mal3409Towards the end I had some understeer into a left-hand corner, the quick one, and I ran wide enough to go into the wet and then I just lost control of the car and went straight and lost the fight for the victory. But even though, I think it’s been a great effort for the team. They called me at the right times. The conditions were very difficult to keep the car on the track and they have been incredible. They were quite focused as well, so they always called me at the right time, which was crucial here and obviously we had a great pace. In my second stint, when we changed to intermediates, we changed a bit late and Fernando was already with warm tyres, so it took me some laps to warm up tyres and at that point it was very difficult to get Fernando, but towards the end of the stint I was very close to him. So again he pitted and he pulled away, he pitted on the right lap and it took me a few laps to catch him. When I caught him I knew it would have to be quick to overtake him because I was having a lot of degradation in my front tyres, especially going behind him. So I went looking for the way to get him and then I just ran a bit wide and touched the wet kerb - I was lucky not to go off. In the end, second it’s a great result for the team. Many points and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. It’s only the second race of the season and hopefully we can keep improving our car to fight the big guys.

 

14041.jpgDavid Croft: Lewis, turning to you, a crazy race, so much going on but the upshot was from pole you finished third for the second week running. Can you be happy with that? Can you be satisfied today?
Lewis Hamilton:
I think we can be satisfied, definitely. First of all congratulations to Fernando and also to Sergio who both drove fantastically well. It was very tough to catch them. Yeah, of course we would have liked to have more points this weekend but yeah, I guess I can’t really complain. I’m on the podium for second week in a row so I’m pretty happy. I feel pretty fortunate that I was able to stay out of trouble with the conditions changing constantly. I think we did a great job. 

 

DC: Lewis, again, the pit timing was when you lost out to Fernando but were there other problems today?
LH:
No. It was a pretty straightforward day. The guys next door (to me here) did a fantastic job. Fernando and Sergio did a fantastic job, so congratulations to them. We just weren’t very quick today. We were a little bit unfortunate with the calls. I think we didn’t make the right calls at the right time and lost a bit of ground there. We lost quite a lot of time through a couple of the pit stops. I don’t know what problems we had but I seemed to be sitting there for quite some time. Otherwise I was just trying to hunt them down but they were both massively quick.

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Monday 26 march 1 26 /03 /Mar 15:35

By Kevin V. (Kdawg)

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If you thought the Australian Grand Prix was good, just watch the Malaysian Grand Prix. It had everything you could ask for in a race: jumbled up results, rain, strategy, and heat. Fernando Alonso was able to pick up an unexpected win in Sepang, ahead of Sauber's Sergio Perez. Another great thing about the race was nine teams were within the top ten scoring positions. The team that brought both drivers into the points was Force India, which was another surprise. There was also lots of crucial contact, but only two retirements, but contact saw some big hitters out of the points.

 

Rain had started up about ten minutes before the start of the race, which meant that everyone would have to make the switch to intermediate tires. Drivers like Perez and Kathikeyan decided to start on full wets, in hope that the rain would get harder. Vettel was going to be the only man to start on the hard compound, but we'll never know how that strategy worked out due to the rain. Nevertheless, the race got underway. Hamilton stayed ahead of Button, while Grosjean made a lightning start and put himself up to third. The first few turns were clean, but after that, the midfield became a group of spinners. Senna, Schumacher, and Grosjean went round, and others had to avoid the backwards facing cars.

 

sunpic9.jpgThe rain grew heavier and visibility was little. Romain Grosjean got on the paint and spun off into the gravel on Lap 4. He was beached, and his race was over. The rain was torrential, and after watching replays of several car making excursions off track due to the lack of grip, the stewards deployed the safety car on Lap 6. Soon the track was undriveable, and the only thing to do was to stop the race and hope for weather to improve. The running order at the red flag was Hamilton, Button, Perez, Webber, Alonso, Vettel, Vergne, Massa, Rosberg, and good old Narain Karthikeyan, who had started on full wets.

 

After a long red flag period, the race finally got underway again under safety car conditions. As the rain had stopped and the track was drying out, Button made the gamble to go onto inters. The rest of the frontrunners pitted a lap later. Button had stayed behind Hamilton, but collided into Karthikeyan and needed to pit for repairs, which ruined his race. Meanwhile, Perez had pitted when Button had and was now second, behind Alonso. Many believed that they would drop back behind Hamilton eventually, but they were actually building a lead over the Brit!

 

d12mal3646.jpgAlonso started building a lead to Perez, but the Mexican was having none of it. Within a couple of laps, Sergio was closing in on Alonso! Forecasts were pointing towards more rain, so the battle may well come down to strategy, which Perez had already mastered that day. The rain never came, so the track coninued to dry. Perez was setting fastest lap, after fastest lap on inters, but a dry line was appearing and Alonso pitted on Lap 40 for slicks. Indeed, the slicks were faster, even with Perez pushing like he was. Sergio had to pit that lap, but when he emerged he was well behind Alonso.

 

d12mal3422.jpg However, like before, Perez was closing the gap to the Ferrari. By Lap 49, he was already within a second of Alonso, but misjudged Turn 14 and ran wide. The excursion cost him five seconds, but by the end of the race, Perez had brought it down to two. Alonso had it all his way, and Ferrari couldn't believe it. Team members in the Sauber garage were going crazy as well. Perez and Peter Sauber were emotional, and couldn't believe the result. No one else could believe it either, and we all knew that this was gearing up to be one of the best seasons in the 63 year history of Formula One.

 

I had seen Perez drive before and always thought he was good, but after the Malaysian Grand Prix, I thought so much more of him. I saw his potential, and hope to see him on the podium again this season. I can't wait for the Chinese Grand Prix, because if these races are just going to get better, the season finale in Brazil will see cars fly.

 

There's still more to wrap up from Malaysia. Stay tuned for post race interviews, and my final thoughts on the race!

 

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Sunday 25 march 7 25 /03 /Mar 23:25

By Kevin V. (Kdawg)

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Full recap article to follow, but for now, here are the results for the Malaysian GP:

Pos 
No Driver Team Laps 
Elapsed Time 
Grid 
Pts
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 56 2:44:51.812 8 25
2 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 56 +2.2 secs 9 18
3 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 56 +14.5 secs 1 15
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 56 +17.6 secs 4 12
5 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 56 +29.4 secs 10 10
6 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 56 +37.6 secs 13 8
7 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 56 +44.4 secs 14 6
8 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 56 +46.9 secs 18 4
9 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 56 +47.8 secs 16 2
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 56 +49.9 secs 3 1
11 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 56 +75.5 secs 5
12 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 56 +76.8 secs 15
13 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 +78.5 secs 7
14 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 56 +79.7 secs 2
15 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 +97.3 secs 12
16 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 55 +1 Lap 19
17 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 20
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 55 +1 Lap 24
19 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 54 Engine 11
20 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 21
21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 22
22 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 23
Ret 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 46 Brakes 17
Ret 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 3 Spin 6

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