Yvan Muller was starting from Pole ahead of his teammate Tom Chilton and Bamboo Engineering driver Alex MacDowall.
The two Lukoil Lada Grantas couldn’t start the race because Dudukalo crashed into the side of Thompsons Lada at Qualifying, the cars were to badly damaged.
Rob Huff started the race in 22nd because he had an odd collision with Fredy Barths BMW into the 2nd chicane. The WTCC champion of 2012 damaged his front suspension and had to retire.
The field started the race behind the safety car due the wet conditions.
Muller had a good start and held the lead until the end.
Teammate Chilton gave him some pressure from behind, but was never in the position to overtake him.
Even at the restart after the big crash from Stefano D’Aste, he didn’t managed to overtake him.
So Muller won ahead of Chilton and MacDowall, the two new Honda Civic S2000 were on 4th and 5th position.
Rob Huff had a incredible comeback and came from 22nd position on 6th position at the end.
Results Race 1:
|1||12||Y. Muller||Chevrolet||Cruze 1.6T||30:02.783||12|
|2||23||T. Chilton||Chevrolet||Cruze 1.6T||0.923||12|
|3||9||A. MacDowall||Chevrolet||Cruze 1.6T||5.101||4.178||12|
|6||1||R. Huff||SEAT||Leon WTCC||17.349||2.088||12|
|7||14||J. Nash||Chevrolet||Cruze 1.6T||19.964||2.615||12|
|9||15||T. Coronel||BMW||320 TC||28.837||8.499||12|
|10||73||F. Barth||BMW||320 TC||37.740||8.903||12|
|11||13||J. Dayraut||BMW||320 TC||39.226||1.486||12|
|12||19||F. Monje||SEAT||Leon WTCC||41.656||2.430||12|
|13||55||D. O’Young||BMW||320 TC||48.116||6.460||12|
|14||38||M. Basseng||SEAT||Leon WTCC||50.920||2.804||12|
|15||7||C. Ng||BMW||320 TC||54.412||3.492||12|
|16||37||R. Münnich||SEAT||Leon WTCC||58.733||4.321||12|
|17||25||M. Bennani||BMW||320 TC||2:05.913||1:07.180||12|
|18||22||T. Boardman||SEAT||Leon WTCC||2 Runden||10|
|19||6||F. Engstler||BMW||320 TC||3 Runden||9|
|20||17||M. Nykjaer||Chevrolet||Cruze 1.6T||3 Runden||9|
|DNF||74||P. Oriola||SEAT||Leon WTCC||8|
|DNF||26||S. D’Aste||BMW||320 TC||3|
Darrel O’Young was starting from Pole in his ROAL-BMW.
Tarquini was starting from 4th spot and had a incredible start to the race.
After only three corners he was overtaking O’Young for the lead.
But Muller made a great comeback from 6th position and overtoke Tarquini later for lead.
Than the battles began. Tarquini had fantastic battle with Nika Racing driver Michael Nykjaer, but the Chevrolet Cruze was way better than the Civic so Nykjaer overtoke him finally.
Tom Boardman lost his front suspension after he made contact with James Nash.
Boardman was standing in the middle of the track and brought out the safety car.
After the restart there was a battle for third between Tarquini and Basseng.
This battle continued until the last lap.
Basseng was fighting but it he was to late. Tarquini was just ahead of him at the finish line, that was great racing!!!
Muller won ahead of Nykjaer and Tarquini.
Results Race 2:
|1||12||Y. Muller||Chevrolet||Cruze 1.6T||23:27.254||10|
|2||17||M. Nykjaer||Chevrolet||Cruze 1.6T||2.482||10|
|4||38||M. Basseng||SEAT||Leon WTCC||5.081||0.087||10|
|5||23||T. Chilton||Chevrolet||Cruze 1.6T||5.612||0.531||10|
|6||74||P. Oriola||SEAT||Leon WTCC||6.755||1.143||10|
|7||14||J. Nash||Chevrolet||Cruze 1.6T||14.445||7.690||10|
|9||26||S. D’Aste||BMW||320 TC||23.722||3.149||10|
|10||1||R. Huff||SEAT||Leon WTCC||25.442||1.720||10|
|11||15||T. Coronel||BMW||320 TC||37.126||11.684||10|
|12||55||D. O’Young||BMW||320 TC||41.394||4.268||10|
|13||6||F. Engstler||BMW||320 TC||43.904||2.510||10|
|14||73||F. Barth||BMW||320 TC||45.921||2.017||10|
|15||19||F. Monje||SEAT||Leon WTCC||50.678||4.757||10|
|16||22||T. Boardman||SEAT||Leon WTCC||53.591||2.913||10|
|17||7||C. Ng||BMW||320 TC||59.157||5.566||10|
|18||13||J. Dayraut||BMW||320 TC||66.537||7.380||10|
|19||25||M. Bennani||BMW||320 TC||86.721||20.184||10|
|20||9||A. MacDowall||Chevrolet||Cruze 1.6T||1 Runde||9|
|21||37||R. Münnich||SEAT||Leon WTCC||1 Runde||62.256||9|
|22||5||N. Michelisz||Honda||Civic||1 Runde||23.306||9|
Fantastic start to the 9th season of the still young WTCC series.
Hope that Lada can start in Marakesch beacause they have very good pace.
Thompson was in the Top 10 for Qualifying, so the Granta is very quick, but i still think that the Lada Granta is a bit of an underdog. Honda could be a real challenger for RML-Chevrolet this year, this is going to be very exciting.
The next round is in Marakesch (Marocco) on the 7th of April.
Sebastian Vettel wins a controversial Malaysian GP ahead of his teammate Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton.
Vettel makes a good start, just as his teammate Webber, what was a bit unusual.
Alonso tried to overtake Vettel on the outside into Turn 1 but made contact in the entry to Turn 2.
Alonso’s frontwing was damaged.
In the 2nd lap on the start/finish line he drove over his frontwing and ended in the graveltrap at Turn 1. He had to retire.
Webber had a good strategy so he came ahead of Vettel. Vettel left a gap for a while, but it all changed very soon.
The team wanted Vettel to slow down, because he came closer and closer to Webber.
The most controversial moment of the race was the battle between Webber and Vettel.
Vettel made a attempt on Webber on lap 42 in the 2nd DRS zone.
They were side by side through the Turns 1-4 of this lap until Vettel overtoke Webber finally on the outside out of Turn 4.
But that wasn’t the only battle between teammates in this GP.
Rosberg and Hamilton battled for the final podium spot.
It was enjoyable for the fans, but not for Ross Brawn.
Brawn wanted Rosberg to slow down, so they can keep the postions until the end. In contrast to Vettel, Rosberg didn’t really try to overtake Hamilton and kept 4th.
But the most action was in the pits. Hamilton was driving into the pits of McLaren to have a quick chat with them, but i don’t think that the McLaren mechanics were interested, so Hamitlon drove finally to his right box.
Pic and Ricciardo had a collision in the pits and Toro Rosso got a fine of 10,000 pounds for this unsafe release.
Hülkenberg and Raikkönnen were side by side in the pits and McLaren and Force India had their problems with the pitstops.
This was fantastic race from start to finish. Fantastic battles in the whole race and not a single safety car (!) and that in Malaysia.
Red Bull will have to say some words with Webber and Vettel, it could have all ended like Istanbul 2010.
After two race weekends in a row , F1 is coming back in 3 weeks to the Chinese GP in Shanghai.
|1||1||S. Vettel||Red Bull||56||1:38:56.681||–||188,231|
|2||2||M. Webber||Red Bull||56||+0:04.298||+0:04.298||188,095|
|10||18||J. Vergne||Toro Rosso||56||+1:27.124||+0:14.767||185,509|
|12||12||E. Gutierrez||Sauber||55||+1 Rnd.||+1 Rnd.||184,730|
|13||22||J. Bianchi||Marussia||55||+1 Rnd.||+0:53.934||183,068|
|14||20||C. Pic||Caterham||55||+1 Rnd.||+0:34.242||182,028|
|15||21||G. van der Garde||Caterham||55||+1 Rnd.||+0:08.984||181,757|
|16||23||M. Chilton||Marussia||54||+2 Rnd.||+1 Rnd.||180,966|
|17||5||J. Button||McLaren||53||+3 Rnd.||+1 Rnd.||185,380|