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Sebastian Vettel wins a controversial Malaysian GP ahead of his teammate Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton.
Alonso crashes out at the start of the race
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.
Fights between teammates
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.
Chaos in the pits
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.
Overall: Best Malaysian GP yet!!!
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|
Lewis Hamilton’s accident on his first day of Formula 1 testing for Mercedes was caused by rear brake problems, his team has confirmed.
The Briton ran off the track and straight on into the crash barriers at the Dry Sack hairpin after just 15 laps of testing on Wednesday.
Television footage showed tyre marks running off the track and across the gravel trap, before Hamilton had nudged the barriers, knocking the front wing off.
Mercedes confirmed shortly after the accident that Hamilton’s issues had been related to the rear brakes, and that the driver was completely unhurt.
“Lewis suffered a loss of rear brake pressure, the front brakes enabled him to slow the car but he couldn’t avoid the barrier,” wrote Mercedes on its official Twitter account.
The team concluded that the problem started in the hydraulic brake line to the right rear caliper. It is now working on aero and suspension repairs in the hope of getting Hamilton back out in the afternoon.
Hamilton’s accident delivered more frustration for Mercedes, which had to cut short its running on Tuesday because an electrical problem on the car forced it to rework its wiring loom.
Grosjean had also some problem’s in one corner…
The Mercedes team unveiled on Monday morning the car with which it will compete in during the 2013 season Formula 1 season.
The W04 took to the Jerez circuit for the first time for a few early laps ahead of its official launch in the afternoon.
The team said the aerodynamic design has been optimised around a new five-element front wing and a second-generation Coanda exhaust. The car retains pushrod front suspension and a pullrod rear suspension.
Mercedes had a disappointing 2012 season despite scoring its first win since its return to F1, with Nico Rosberg winning the Chinese Grand Prix.
From then on its season went downhill and it endured a five-race point-less streak near the end of the year.
“2013 marks the start of a second era for our Silver Arrows works team,” said team boss Ross Brawn.
“The restructuring we undertook at the team over the past 18 months are now growing in maturity and this is reflected in the F1 W04, which is a clear step forward in design and detail sophistication over its predecessor.
“Many thousands of hours of work have been invested by our technical teams in Brackley and Brixworth to ensure that the new car delivers a step change in performance compared to last season.”
Rosberg will be partnered byLewis Hamilton this season, the Briton joining the Brackley-based squad after spending all his F1 career so far at McLaren.
Hamilton replaces seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, who retired from the sport at the end of 2012.
After Monday’s maiden run, the W04 will begin proper testing from Tuesday at Jerez.