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.
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!