2013 Malaysian Grand Prix race against team mates, drivers and teams
The Australian GP was a day to be remembered as a coordinated Lotus team cut around corners and implemented a two stop strategy which saw ‘Iceman’ Kimi Raikonnen clinch the race title. Red Bull Racing were left biting his dust as Sebastian Vettel even though he did well to get off to a good start lost out due to massive tyre degradation that plagued most cars. All that changed today with Sebastian Vettel going from pole to top of podium, and Sebastian Vettel coming in a close 2nd after qualifying in 5th place. The big fight of the day was more within team mates rather than teams. With Sebastian Vettel clearly taking the fight till the end and winning it while most would have thought this race belonged to Webber. For the wheel-to-wheel fight for over a lap, Vettel had this to say, “I did a big mistake today”.
Australian GP showcased a pecking order wherein Lotus and Ferrari were on the top ahead of Red Bull, however, the gam eplay was very different in the technical circuit at Malaysia today. Long straight stretches combined with tight cornersput all drivers and cars to the test. Drama and excitement is what the Malaysian GP provided without fail even last year when we saw Alonso fend of a raring Perez to clinch the first position. Having changed teams from Sauber-Ferrari to McLaren-Mercedes, Sergio Perez did this year clock the fastest lap as well as finish with 2 points for his 9th place at race end.
Ferrari despite a 2-3 start on the grid wasn’t able to hold on to the advantage with Fernando Alonso damaging his front wing soon after his aggressive race start to get out in front. Massa held the ship steady for Ferrari finishing in 5th place to claim 10 points, and expressing his disaspointment in not finishing on the podium. The race was brilliant for Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton fisnihing 3rd and Nico Rosberg coming in 4th. The team fought it out with Nico Rosberg being instructed to not overtake Lewis Hamilton who had a fuel saving few laps at the end.The Mercedes Petronas AMG drivers qualified in 4th and 6th place respectively.
For Lotus F1 team, Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen finished the race in 6th and 7th after having qualified in 10th and 11th posistion. Kimi though did qualify in 7th place but was handed a 3 place grid penalty for impeding Nico Rosberg yesterday. Kimi wasn’t too happy with the results and did go on to say that the car behaved quite badly yesterday after starting out great on Friday.