SEPANG, MALAYSIA – After two disappointing races with mechanical failures Sebastian Vettel took the bull by the horns and rode victorious in the Malaysian Grand Prix. Red Bull teammate Mark Webber finished second with pole-sitter Nico Rosberg rounding-out the podium in 3rd place in his Mercedes. “Woo hoo! What a good result - it’s the one we deserved since the beginning of the season, but due to reliability problems we were not able to make it. Now it’s done, the reliability is there and it’s a one two finish - it’s great,” commented Red Bull support engineer Fabrice Lom. McLaren and Ferrari had a poor showing during qualifying with all the cars starting in the back 4 rows. This didn’t stop Lewis Hamilton from running as high as second, and finishing the race in 6th place. Massa’s Ferrari ended up in 7th after starting 21st. Michael Schumacher has not been able to make his return to F1 very exciting retiring the race due to a technical issue with his wheel. Massa now leads the points with 39 with Alonso and Vettel with 37, Button with 35, Hamilton with 31 and Kubica with 30.
There is some talk that the new rule in F1 that has eliminated refueling stops, have made for boring racing. Luckily, Bahrain and Malaysia provided some exciting racing, if only due to rain. It has been reported that even F1 boss Bernie Eccelstone is concerned. "We have been lucky with the rain. We have got to do something,” commented Eccelstone to the Telegraph. When asked what could be done, “make the front wing smaller and get rid of the double diffuser". Stay tuned.
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