Malaysia 2012: Race Roundup

Malaysia 2012: Race Roundup

  • Perez ran the final stint on the hard tyre and Alonso was on the softer ‘Medium’ tyre. Some say the harder tyre was more suited to the track temperature, giving him the pace. He was well within a second of Alonso when he went off at Turn 14.
  • The message Perez got from his race engineer as he closed to Alonso was “Checo, be careful, we need this position. We need this position.” Whether this was a team order from the Ferrari engine supplied Sauber is up for debate but certainly a “Well done Checo, keep pushing for the win!” would have been better and more encouraging.
  • 9 different teams scored points in the race, the highest ever. The only team to score double points was Force India, who finished 7th & 9th.
  • Alonso is now the 4th highest all time race winner. Today was his 28th win, taking him ahead of Jackie Stewart.
  • Massa has not been on the podium finish for 23 races now whilst in the same period, Alonso has made the top three on 12 occasions and won twice.
  • Perez is the first driver (since Nick Hiedfeld last year) to break the Alonso-Vettel-Button-Hamilton-Webber row of podiums. Those 5 drivers occupied the podium for the last year.
  • Narain Karthikeyan made contact with both Button (broken front wing) and Vettel (left rear tyre puncture). Both incidents however, were not directly his fault. Jenson admitted it was his mistake whilst the incident with Vettel is considered a ‘racing incident’.
  • Jenson Button was extremely downbeat about his race “All I can do is laugh today, it’s so bad. I won’t be looking back at any of this races’ footage. It was that terrible.”
  • Pastor Maldonado had an engine failure when he running 10th, 6 laps till the end.
  • Jean-Eric Vergne was P7 at the red flag. He managed to drive the car with intermediates in the pouring wet conditions. Impressive! He came in 8th, scoring his first points.
  • Martin Whitmarsh cheekily stated “I imagine Perez must have put a lot of pressure for Mr Massa” alluding to the fact if he were in the position, he might considering looking at a swap for China.
  • Alonso overtook Hamilton in the pits because of a slow pit stop from McLaren compounded by having to wait for Massa in the pits.
  • Mercedes now just have 1 point after two races. They were extremely slow in the race today and said to have overheating their rear tyres. Ross Brawn acknowledges the car has a narrow peak performance window.
  • Bruno Senna coming 6th today gives Williams more points today than they did in all of last year. He re-started dead last but had great pace in the drying conditions.
  • The “panic-stricken” Ferrari of Alonso is now leading the world championship with 35 points.
  • Kimi Raikkonen had not driven with the Pirelli intermediate and wet tyres before today’s race so it was an impressive showing for him to finish 5th after starting 10th.
  • Very disappointing behaviour from Vettel today, who showed Karthikeyan the middle finger twice whilst being animated in the car post his incident and then later called him an “idiot”. Although one can somewhat understand the circumstances: Vettel had lost team radio, driven a long, hard race and then got DNF because of contact with a lapped car, his behaviour is still not one to be expected of the double world champion.
  • Vettel’s brakes were severely overheating at the end of the race, the brake ducts had been damaged from the debris from his puncture. Red Bull wanted him to stop & retire the car but because of radio failure, Vettel couldn’t hear them & finished the race.
  • http://twitter.com/tamtamvideo cristian tamtam

    I wonder why nobody mentions the way Alonso overtook Perez after the race resumed (instead all commentaries focus on how probably the pit message for Perez was somehow disruptive in his effort to gain the 1st place)? Perez made the best race of his career yet Alonso jumped him on track while the rain was still going on and his world champion class and experience proved impeccable through the way he managed his tyres to end the race with higher degradation rate than those fitted on Perez’s Sauber