Sunday, March 25, 2012

Wet Malaysia GP gives surprise win to Alonso

A wet Malaysia GP threw many surprises. Alonso came as the winner, though the Ferrari is no where among the top cars this year. He was followed by Sergio Perez in second place. Sergio Perez was within 2.2 seconds of Alonso and could have closed the gap if he didnt go wide.

The third place was taken up by Lewis Hamilton, who despite starting from the Pole again had the bad luck of losing out. He had a bad pit stop. His team mate and winner in Australia, Jenson Button banged into Narain Karthikeyan and had to change the nose of his car. That pushed him down the grid and out of the points paying position.

Just before the race started, the Rain Gods started pouring. All the cars were on intermediates, except for the full wet of a few cars. Narain Karthikeyan, due to this inspired choice of tyre was as high as 10th postion in the 8th lap. However, as we know that this HRT is far slower in pace than the other cars, it was never going to be a points giving finish even in such inclement weather. And Jenson Button's mistake and the resultant accident with Narain ensured that both of them had to have a pit stop.

Michael Schumacher who started in 3rd position spinned as he was hit from behind by Grosjean. And from that point onwards it was sure that he would remain in the midfield. However, he could score 10th position and his first points for the season. It was the first points for the Mercedes team as well, as Nico Rosberg finished in 13th position.

Narain Karthikeyan finished his race at 21st position, albeit 2 laps down. His team mate Pedro de la Rosa was 22nd.

Pos Driver Team Laps Race Time Delay
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 56 2:44'51.812  
2 Sergion Perez Sauber 56 2:44'54.075 2.263
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 56 2:45'06.403 14.591
4 Mark Webber Red Bull 56 2:45'09.500 17.688
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 56 2:45'21.268 29.456
6 Bruno Senna Williams 56 2:45'29.479 37.667
7 Paul di Resta Force India 56 2:45'36.224 44.412
8 J. Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 56 2:45'38.797 46.985
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 56 2:45'39.704 47.892
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 56 2:45'41.808 49.996
11 Sebastien Vettel Red Bull 56 2:46'07.339 +1'15.527
12 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 56 2:46'08.640 +1'16.828
13 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 2:46'10.405 +1'18.593
14 Jenson Button McLaren 56 2:46'11.531 +1'19.719
15 Felipe Massa Caterham 56 2:46'29.131 +1'37.319
16 Vitaly Petrov Marussia 55   +1 lap
17 Timo Glock Caterham 55   +1 lap
18 Heikki Kovalainen Williams 55   +1 lap
19 Pastor Maldonado Marussia 54   +2 laps
20 Charles Pic HRT 55   +1 lap
21 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 54   +2 laps
22 Pedro de la Rosa   54   +2 laps

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