Sunday, March 24, 2013

Vettel wins Malaysian Grand Prix 2013

Vettel wins Malaysian Grand Prix 2013

Vettel started from the Pole but was soon overtaken by his teammate Mark Webber. However, after the third pitstop, Vettel again took the lead and won the race. Mark Webber finished second followed by Lewis Hamilton in third.

There was a bit of drama, as Fernando Alonso overtook Massa in the opening lap and was at second position. However, he slightly touched behind the back of Vettel and broke his nose. He dragged on the front wing for a fair distance before it broke and went below his car’s body, pushing him into the gravel.

Jenson Button was at the front for sometime before a bad pitstop ruined his race. He started from the pitstop and stopped and was pushed back by the mechanics as he had one of the wheel nuts loose. He never recovered from that disaster and retired on lap 53.

Kimi Raikkonen had a quiet race. He didn’t have a good start and then later on while his team mate over took him. Finally he finished the race at seventh position.

Hamilton and Rosberg raced with each other. Nico Rosberg was heard complaining in his radio that he was faster than Hamilton and should be allowed to go ahead to which Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn was heard saying “Negative”. When Nico Rosberg grumbled, came a hard reply again from Ross Brawn “Negative Nico”.

When Rosberg still complained, Ross Brawn said “ Please drop back, there’s a massive gap behind and nothing to gain in front. I want to bring these cars home”.

There was lot of drama with the Red Bull team mates. At the post race interview, Mark Webber said that after the final pit stop he was told that the race is over. So he switched off. He added "Seb took his own decision and we know he will get protection".

Teams calculate the total amount of fuel to be filled in based on simulations of various variables including the less amount of fuel burned when it rains or when the cars are moving slowly under Safety Car situations. So when there is no safety car situation if the lead cars race with each other and burn their fuel, then at the end of the race due to lower weight of the cars than the stipulated weight, then cars are going to be penalised. So even when Sebastian Vettel jumps over Mark Webber, due to the fuel situation, Webber can't race.

Final Results of Malaysian Grand Prix 2013

1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
2. Mark Webber Red Bull
3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
5. Felipe Massa Ferrari
6. Romain Grosjean Lotus
7. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus
8. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber
9. Sergio Perez McLaren
10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso
11. Valeri Bottas Williams
12. Gutierrez Sauber
13. Jules Bianchi Marussia
14. Charles Pic Caterham
15. Van der Garde Caterham
16. Max Chilton Marussia

Retirements in Malaysian Grand Prix 2013

Jenson Button McLaren lap 53
Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso lap 51
Pastor Maldonado Williams lap 45
Adrian Sutil Force India lap 27
Paul di-Resta Force India lap 22
Fernando Alonso Ferrari lap 1

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