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    Malaysian Grand Prix Discussion





    Malaysian Grand Prix, Kuala Lumpur

    McLaren and Ferrari have taken the spoils in the first two races of the season, can any of the other teams get in on the act? Sebastian Vettel has qualified on pole for both of the previous two races, can he actually finish a race this time out? With the weather forecasts predicting rain on both Saturday and Sunday, we could be in for a very interesting weekend of racing!

    Qualifying: Saturday 3rd April, 9am (BST)
    Race: Sunday 4th April, 9am (BST)

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    Re: Malaysian Grand Prix Discussion

    Did anyone see qualifying? If that's any indication of how the race is going to be, then we're in for an interesting Grand Prix tomorrow.

    Quote Originally Posted by Formula1.com
    A heavy shower just before qualifying set the scene for a very jumbled grid for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix, eliminating both Ferraris and, effectively, both McLarens in Q1. In the end it was Red Bull’s Mark Webber who went some way towards making amends for his incident-laden race in Australia by taking pole position by 1.3s from Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg, after the Q3 session had been delayed because of heavy rain.

    Webber gambled on intermediate Bridgestone tyres and lapped in 1m 49.327s to throw the position well beyond doubt, as Rosberg’s best lap on full-wet tyres was 1m 50.673s. Behind him, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel lined up third with 1m 50.789s, also on full-wets, with Adrian Sutil a strong fourth for Force India on the same rubber with 1m 50.914s.

    There were some large gaps between drivers in the same teams in Q3, suggesting that some teams may have opted for different set-ups to hedge their bets against wet or dry conditions on Sunday.

    Fifth place fell to Williams rookie Nico Hulkenberg, who went round in 1m 51.001s ahead of Robert Kubica in the Renault on 1m 51.051s. Rubens Barrichello made it a good day for Williams with the seventh best time of 1m 51.511s, with Michael Schumacher eighth on 1m 51.717s in the second Mercedes. Kamui Kobayashi gave BMW Sauber something to cheer with ninth fastest time of 1m 51.767s, and Vitantonio Liuzzi made it two Force Indias in the top 10 with 1m 52.254s. Webber was the only driver not on full wets.

    Vettel had set the pace with 1m 46.828s in Q2, where drivers started out on wets but then switched to inters. The final sector resolutely refused to dry out, however, making life very difficult.

    Vitaly Petrov showed well initially for Renault, at one stage setting the fastest time, but his 1m 48.760s ultimately left him 11th. Then came BMW Sauber spinner Pedro de la Rosa on 1m 48.771s, the Toro Rossos of Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari on 1m 49.207s and 1m 49.464s respectively, Heikki Kovalainen on 1m 52.270s and Timo Glock on 1m 52.520s. Thus Lotus won the new teams’ qualifying battle to take their best position so far of 15th, with Virgin taking theirs with 16th.

    Button will start 17th, but he did not take part in the session after spinning off in Q1, so relies on the 1m 52.211s lap from that session.

    The big news of Q1 was the fall of McLaren and Ferrari, and Glock and Kovalainen getting through for Virgin and Lotus. The two big teams simply left it too late to get their drivers out before the rain worsened. Kubica had set the pace with 1m 46.283s before the rain increased, and suddenly there were the two McLarens spinning and the Ferraris struggling, all of them on intermediates. Mercedes led the switch to full wets, but by the time McLaren followed suit with Hamilton, Button had already beached his MP4-25 in the treacherous Turn Six gravel. Hamilton pared down to 1m 53.050s, but Fernando Alonso had done a 1m 53.044s to pip him despite two lurid 180-degree spins.

    In the end it was Lotus’s Jarno Trulli who was the first to miss the cut, with 1m 52.884s, then Alonso and Hamilton and Felipe Massa, who was stranded on 1m 53.283s after spinning in the first sector. HRT lost a big opportunity too. Karun Chandhok was 22nd on 1m 56.299s ahead of team mate Bruno Senna who went off for good in Turn Six after recording 1m 57.269s. Virgin’s Lucas di Grassi was last, with 1m 59.977s.

    It was, as Vettel said, a chaotic session, but with so many quick runners down the back, and the prospect of rain at some stage on Sunday, an exciting Grand Prix is highly likely.

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    Re: Malaysian Grand Prix Discussion

    It wasn’t as good as the last race in Melbourne, but it was a decent race this morning. That was mainly due to the grid being spaced out, and some of the quicker guys starting towards the back end of the grid. I was hoping for some rain during this race, but unfortunately (and surprisingly) it didn’t come.

    Having said that it’s been a great start to the season as we’ve had 3 different winners from 3 different teams take the chequered flag.

    Full result:

    1. Sebastian Vettel (RBR-Renault) 1:33:48.412
    2. Mark Webber (RBR-Renault) +4.8 secs
    3. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP) +13.5 secs
    4. Robert Kubica (Renault) +18.5 secs
    5. Adrian Sutil (Force India-Mercedes) +21.0 secs
    6. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) +23.4 secs
    7. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) +27.0 secs
    8. Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes) +37.9 secs
    9. Jaime Alguersuari (STR-Ferrari) +70.6 secs
    10. Nico Hulkenberg (Williams-Cosworth) +73.3 secs
    11. Sebastien Buemi (STR-Ferrari) +78.9 secs
    12. Rubens Barrichello (Williams-Cosworth) +1 Lap
    13. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) +2 Laps
    14. Lucas di Grassi (Virgin-Cosworth) +3 Laps 24
    15. Karun Chandhok (HRT-Cosworth) +3 Laps 22
    16. Bruno Senna (HRT-Cosworth) +4 Laps
    17. Jarno Trulli (Lotus-Cosworth) +5 Laps
    18. Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus-Cosworth) Retired: Hydraulics (Lap 46)
    19. Vitaly Petrov (Renault) Retired: Gearbox (Lap 32)
    20. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India-Mercedes) Retired: Throttle (Lap 12)
    21. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes GP) Retired: Wheel issue (Lap 9)
    22. Kamui Kobayashi (BMW Sauber-Ferrari) Retired: Engine (Lap 8)
    23. Timo Glock (Virgin-Cosworth) Retired: Spin (Lap 2)
    24. Pedro de la Rosa (BMW Sauber-Ferrari) Retired: Engine (Did not start)

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    Re: Malaysian Grand Prix Discussion

    Seems like Vettel is going to be hard to beat in that Red Bull at this rate if he or his car don't do something stupid in a race.

    It seems to be easily the fastest from what I've seen/heard.

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    Re: Malaysian Grand Prix Discussion

    Still not fully behind the new season, they need to bring back refuelling as that all added to part of the teams trying to out think the rest of the grid.

    And the fact that some cars may not have a big enough fuel tank to last some of the longer races won't help.

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    Re: Malaysian Grand Prix Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikk View Post
    Still not fully behind the new season, they need to bring back refuelling as that all added to part of the teams trying to out think the rest of the grid.

    And the fact that some cars may not have a big enough fuel tank to last some of the longer races won't help.
    The refueling thing hasn't bothered me as much as I thought it would.

    And it's only one team who's tanks aren't big enough, and that's their own fault for the lack of design and preperation.

    The only thing dissapointing for me this season so far, is the lack of competitiveness from the newer teams. They all seamed to have rushed to get their cars in for the start of the season, when they are obviously not ready. They should have waited a year like the US team, and started in 2011.

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    Re: Malaysian Grand Prix Discussion

    Best race so far thanks to finally seeing some passing and actual racing. Alonso to me, already clinched the drive of the year.
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    Re: Malaysian Grand Prix Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by The Phantom View Post
    The refueling thing hasn't bothered me as much as I thought it would.

    And it's only one team who's tanks aren't big enough, and that's their own fault for the lack of design and preperation.

    The only thing dissapointing for me this season so far, is the lack of competitiveness from the newer teams. They all seamed to have rushed to get their cars in for the start of the season, when they are obviously not ready. They should have waited a year like the US team, and started in 2011.
    There is no US team. They shut up shop about a week ago.

    Honestly, I was shocked at Bahrain as to how boring it was. Thankfully the last two races have been a bit more exciting, but their constant fucking about with the rules is just frustrating.

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    Re: Malaysian Grand Prix Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Kizza View Post
    There is no US team. They shut up shop about a week ago.

    Honestly, I was shocked at Bahrain as to how boring it was. Thankfully the last two races have been a bit more exciting, but their constant fucking about with the rules is just frustrating.
    Ah, I wasn't aware they've shut up shop, I just remember them asking to be deferred for a year.

    Agreed with the rule changes, I hope they stick with these rules for a good few years now that they've implemented them.

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