Sebastian Vettel maintains his 100% percent record in 2011 and converts another pole position to a win in malaysia to go to a maximum 50 out of 50 points in the championship. Jenson Button finished second and moves into second in the standings with 26 points with another Renault (this time quick nick!) car getting the final podium spot.
It was an action packed race that saw lots of on-track action helped sometimes by the DRS. The DRS system did not simply allow drivers to drive round the other cars as some people feared, overtaking still required skill. In fact the few times when a car passed easily using the DRS it was most likely down to the tires. The Pirelli rubber degraded much more in Malaysia with drivers requiring 3 and 4 stops with the tires falling away quite quickly. It was exciting to watch and almost hard to keep track of the whole field as so much was going on, it definatley was no Bahrain 2010. In fact at one point we had cars going 3 abreast into a corner, when was the last time that happened!!?
However the day wasn’t the best for Alonso and Hamilton
Alonso’s day was ruined when he damaged his wing trying to pick up too much of a tow from the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton (not on the DRS straight) and was handed a 20 second penalty however this didn’t affect his position. Hamilton in turn was also handed the same penalty for using more than one movement to defend his position and has slipped to 8th in the standings promoting Kamui Kobayashi to 7th place. Mark Webber also had mixed fortunes with his KERS unit packing up before the race and leaving him high and dry at the start. Mark also seems to bizzarely have the worst tire wear of the field and this has to be a headache for red bull. Vettel has only run really in clear air at the front, with his Red Bull chew its tires in the pack or is it a problem for Mark?
Petrov had a rather scarey crash hitting a rain gully and attempting a rally style jump which resulted in a broken steering column and a retirement for the Russian.
Next post will be a team review but drive of the day has to go to Nick Heidfeld for an amazing start to the race, coming round the outside of the field into second place and converting it to a podium.
Classified: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h37:39.832 2. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 3.261 3. Heidfeld Renault + 25.075 4. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 26.384 5. Massa Ferrari + 36.958 6. Alonso Ferrari + 37.248 (+20 seconds penalty post race) 7. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1:07.239 8. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 49.957 (+20 seconds penalty post race) 9. Schumacher Mercedes + 1:24.896 10. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1:31.563 11. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1:41.379 12. Rosberg Mercedes + 1 lap 13. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap 14. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap 15. Kovalainen Lotus-Renault + 1 lap 16. Glock Virgin-Cosworth + 2 laps 17. Petrov Renault + 4 laps Fastest lap: Webber, 1:40.571 Not classified/retirements: Driver Team On lap Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 47 D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 43 Trulli Lotus-Renault 32 Perez Sauber-Ferrari 24 Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 23 Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 15 Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 9 World Championship standings, round 2: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Sebastian Vettel 50 1. Red Bull/Renault 72 2. Jenson Button 26 2. McLaren/Mercedes 46 3. Mark Webber 22 3. Ferrari 36 4. Lewis Hamilton 20 4. Renault 30 5. Fernando Alonso 20 5. Sauber/Ferrari 6 6. Felipe Massa 16 6. Torro-Rosso/Ferrari 4 7. Nick Heidfeld 15 7. Force India/Mercedes 4 8. Vitaly Petrov 15 8. Mercedes 2 9. Kamui Kobayashi 8 10. Sebastien Buemi 4 11. Adrian Sutil 2 12. Michael Schumacher 2 13. Paul di Resta 2