Vettel first in Red Bull one-two at Sepang

Vettel charges past Webber at turn one in Sepang

Vettel charges past Webber at turn one in Sepang

Sebastian Vettel led a Red Bull one-two in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The German driver passed team mate Mark Webber on the first lap and kept the lead for almost every lap of the race.

Felipe Massa took over the lead of the drivers’ championship after climbing from 21st to seventh, finishing behind Lewis Hamilton who had also battled through the field from 20th to sixth.

Nico Rosberg finished third after a quiet race in his Mercedes, with Robert Kubica in fourth place behind him.

Adrian Sutil brought his Force India home in fifth, defending his position from Hamilton who closed in on him at the end of the race.

Hamilton raced his way up to sixth place thanks to a great start where he gained seven places passing, among others, team mate Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

He continued his climb through the field, passing both Toro Rossos, Kamui Kobayashi and Vitaly Petrov. Meanwhile Button was battling the Ferraris, stuck behind 14th-placed Massa then losing 15th to Alonso. He later re-passed Alonso, but shortly afterwards McLaren brought him into the pits.

He ran a long stint on hard tyres which eventually allowed him to jump ahead of the Ferraris. But Massa, who ended the race on soft tyres, managed to pass the McLaren driver a few laps before the chequered flag.

So did Alonso – but only briefly. He had been struggling with a gearbox problem for much of the race and when he finally got past Button at turn one he ran wide and suddenly a blast of smoke from the Ferrari signalled the end of his race.

Alonso’s demise promoted two drivers who scored their first ever points – Jaime Alguersuari, taking ninth for Toro Rosso, and Nico H?â??lkenberg, who might have expected more from his Williams after starting fifth.

Sebastien Buemi and Rubens Barrichello took 11th and 12th and Alonso collected 13th. Behind him was Lucas di Grassi, taking Virgin to their first race finish, the HRT pair and Jarno Trulli’s ailing Lotus.

Among the drivers who failed to finish was Michael Schumacher, who’s Mercedes stopped with a car problem early in the race.

Neither Sauber saw the chequered flag – poor Pedro de la Rosa didn’t even see the start of the race after his engine blew on his installation lap.

But perhaps the biggest surprise of the race was the failure of the widely-predicted rain to arrive.

Vettel’s win puts him level with Alonso for secong in the championship, two points behind Massa, who is yet to win a race.

2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

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135 comments on Vettel first in Red Bull one-two at Sepang

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  1. Best. Result. Ever.

    Really made the championship exciting too. 9 points separating 7 drivers! Brilliant.

  2. Edu said on 4th April 2010, 11:28

    Great race. For me Lewis Hamilton is the driver of the day.

    • kowalsky said on 4th April 2010, 11:48

      what about vettel.

      • Alguersuari for me, amazing overtakes to take an average car to 9th place.

        So many drivers drove brilliantly though Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso and Kubica were also fantastic.

        • David A said on 4th April 2010, 12:35

          And Massa as well.

          • Massa? Really? Did I miss that bit?

          • SeanG said on 4th April 2010, 12:38

            Massa what, who, when?

          • David A said on 4th April 2010, 12:39

            @Stephen Northcott-
            Felipe started and finished one place behind Lewis, who gained 14 places starting position. By my calculations, now, I might well be wrong, Massa also gained about 14 places.

          • David A said on 4th April 2010, 12:42

            @SeanG- Same comment to you as to StephenNorcott.

          • 7 on the start when he had time to react to Rubens problem, which others did not as they were right behind Rubens so had to turn.

            But I’ll give him 7 places if you like. My complaint is that having got those places he screwed up everyone else’s race behind him because he cannot overtake anything.

            Any driver on the grid can sit in a fast car without problems and hold people up. Good drivers keep moving forward.

          • David A said on 4th April 2010, 12:55

            I’m not even going to go into the overtaking debate, since Massa has proven over the last couple of seasons that he can overtake, and again today on Button.

            At the start, Massa actually had it worse than the cars ahead of him, since the other cars were obscuring his view of Barrichello, meaning he didn’t have time to react. Think Schumacher and Burti, Gemrany 2001.

          • sumedh said on 4th April 2010, 12:58

            @Stephen Northcott

            Massa overtook Hamilton in spite of his F-duct advantage.

            About “screwing everyone’s race behind him”, I guess by everyone you mean Alonso. He had a gear box problem today. There was no point in surrendering a position to your team-mate when he is handicapped.

            And this early in the season, team orders should also be banned, among team-mates who are almost equal.

          • He got past Button because of tyres. Alonso was able to put two moves on Button *with a broken gearbox* in less than half the time it took Massa to finally get past Button.

            And you’re wrong about the start too. Sorry. But there is a concertina effect. Massa was able to accelerate and turn. The other drivers ahead of him had to turn then accelerate. With varying degrees as you move back from Rubens towards Massa. You also have more visibility of the space ahead (and what’s going on), and more space to move in the further down the grid you are. If you’d started a race on a grid you may know that. So probably not your fault.

          • @sumedh

            I’d agree with you if it wasn’t *the third race in a row* that this has happened.

            And if Alonso wasn’t faster than Massa *even with a gearbox that had problems*.

            Ferrari had no reason to expect it would fail. And most likely it would not have had he not had to work so hard, partly because his race was compromised by Massa. QED.

          • steph90 said on 4th April 2010, 13:13

            I’m sick of saying these examples (I may save them on file so I can just drop them in) but Massa at Aus 07, Silverstone 07, Canada 08, Hungary 08 and China 09 show Massa can overtake. I really hate how he is just dismissed as not being able to overtake. He has plenty of flaws particularly his defending at the mo’ and he is no Hamilton but he can overtake when he needs too.
            He wasn’t up there with overtaking with Lewis today but he passed a Mclaren and still made up as many places as Lewis. It was just a different style of racing. Lewis is a master overtaker anyway -though he makes mistakes- but that doesn’t mean he’s terrible

          • David A said on 4th April 2010, 13:14

            To be honest, I think we’ll have to agree to disagree about Massa.

          • David A said on 4th April 2010, 13:15

            And I agree fully with steph.

          • David A said on 4th April 2010, 14:55

            @Northcott-
            Sorry for the triple post, but also Massa had old tyres too, you clearly didn’t look for the Schumacher-Burti incident on Youtube to have a look at what can happen and you’re just making excuses for Button. Even Brundle said he was “caught napping”.

          • @David I was going to leave it, but obviously you can’t.

            I am familiar with the example you gave of the race in 2001.

            I couldn’t give two hoots about Button. Not a fan. His tyres were graining at that point though. The fact remains, graining or otherwise it took Massa way way way too long to mount any kind of attack. Not just there but elsewhere in this race, and the last two races before it. Period.

            So your theory about me being defensive of Button is wrong.

            As are your other comments. :)

          • David A said on 4th April 2010, 20:14

            Ah fine then, I promise to leave it here, at “agree to disagree”, since you don’t rate Massa, but I do :)

        • Spud said on 4th April 2010, 14:11

          I have to agree with you Tommy, Alguersuari was very good today. Apparently you can’t overtake in an F1 car, but nobody seems to have told him. :P

          • “I have to agree with you Tommy, Alguersuari was very good today. Apparently you can’t overtake in an F1 car, but nobody seems to have told him.”

            I know he was supreme, his move on Hulkenberg was brilliant and if it was Alonso, Button or Hamilton that had done it we’d have been talking about it for a long time. Great move.

      • curedcat said on 4th April 2010, 12:56

        driver of the day doesn’t always have to be the winner. In the heat of the moment you can say vettel but in hindsight you will realise that it was a pretty straight forward race for vettel – fastest car +slower team mate =race win .

        Hamilton did a great job climbing a whooping 14 places to claim sixth with some brilliant overtaking moves . Massa had a great race too . A race to forget for alonso .

        But my focus in this race is button trying to steal another pit call but this time getting it wrong . Pitting on lap 10 because he could no longer cope on his option tyres (baffles me how he is called mr smooth!) ;-), was that not the same reason he pitted so early in Australia? , but rather than admit that his win was down to luck and an unfortunate vettel , he opened his mouth and said it was not luck rather it was HIS call and got himself some whitmarsh praises .so we should ask button and whitmarsh what happened to the call ?why did it not pay off like australia ? and the lewis they were ganging up on , completed at least 28 laps on his prime tyres long after his rivals had pitted he was still competitive even at some stage matching button who was on fresh tyre .

        Had lewis not been stuck behind sutil , i think he would have either passed Kubica or he would have had the fastest lap today such was the speed of the lewis and his mclaren .

        At any rate , it was a good race :-)

        • curedcat said on 4th April 2010, 13:00

          “such was the speed of *lewis and his mclaren” . No CAPS LOCK ! ;-)

        • SeanG said on 4th April 2010, 16:15

          That’s the hilarious thing about Button down under. Somehow he left Australia as some sort of genius/hero. He simply got lucky and/or made some luck.

          The same Mr. Smooth needed new tires early. And supposedly Mr. Ragged, the destroyer of tires, was able to “soldier on” reaching 6th.

          Its more than funny.

          • US_Peter said on 4th April 2010, 20:57

            Total luck. His choice to switch tires early was a good call to be sure, but had it not been for Vettel’s early retirement he would not have won. I’ll be surprised if we see another win out of Button this year with the competition he has for the championship.

          • Jose Arellano said on 5th April 2010, 6:14

            i think he is avoiding being compared with hamilton by using different tyre strategies etc..

      • sato113 said on 4th April 2010, 16:14

        only had to overtake one driver adn had free air for the whole race…

    • Scribe said on 4th April 2010, 12:38

      I’d actually agree with Tommy today, today was Jaime breakout performance. Got his points by 3 parts overtaking 2 parts pace and 1 part luck. Which is the perfect racing mix.

    • Mirotic said on 4th April 2010, 14:16

      I kinda ask you, why didn’t Hamilton get penalised by blocking Petrov?

      • David BR said on 4th April 2010, 14:43

        Because he wasn’t blocking, he was shrugging off a tow.

      • David BR said on 4th April 2010, 14:45

        Seriously, all this penalty stuff is dreary in the extreme. Is everyone back at playgroup? The rules are to stop dangerous maneouvres, not racing. If you wan’t orderly processions, try the local supermarket.

  3. sumedh said on 4th April 2010, 11:29

    Good race.

    Bring on rain either on Saturday or Sunday. Definitely gives an interesting race.

    It is strange how Hamilton is so much more spectacular to watch than Felipe or Jenson but ends up finshing only 4 and 8 seconds ahead of them.

    Credit to the latter 2 for their consistency.

    • James_mc said on 4th April 2010, 11:38

      In all fairness, Hamilton got stuck behind Sutil, allowing Button and Massa to motor up to him…

    • It was weird and showed how important tyres and strategy is.

      Lewis drove a crazy race overtaking 8 cars getting up into the points whilst Button was stuck down the pack, they take different strategies and Button was only just behind him when Lewis came out the pits.

    • S Hughes said on 4th April 2010, 12:08

      Lewis was 14 seconds ahead of Button.

    • SeanG said on 4th April 2010, 12:29

      The lack of respect for the person who is single-handedly saving F1 is a bit more than obvious.
      “consistency”… nice way to put it.

      • David A said on 4th April 2010, 12:32

        And you’re showing a lack of respect to Vettel, Massa, Alonso, Button, Rosberg, Webber, Kubica and the rest by claiming Hamilton is single handedly saving F1.

      • sumedh said on 4th April 2010, 12:40

        “Single handedly saving F1″. Isn’t that going a bit overboard.

        Lack of respect!! I just said he is the most spectacular to watch.

        I just duly noted that while Hamilton might be spectacular, the other drivers are doing their bit and bringing home a good haul of points for their team.

        • SeanG said on 4th April 2010, 13:04

          Its definitely a provocative statement and meant more along the lines of entertainment but I believe there’s a lot of truth in it.

          Folks viewing in europe may not realize this but F1 is incredibly boring to watch. Here in the U.S. one has to watch it at 2am or 7am. Normally, one is back asleep 30 minutes later.

          Hamilton and Alonso (and Webber to a degree) are the two racers who keep things alive.

          • David A said on 4th April 2010, 14:51

            Of course, some “folks in europe” have a different opinion to yours.

          • Patrickl said on 4th April 2010, 15:58

            Even in Europe, there are very few people who think Massa’s boring “stay behind the opposition and hope for the best strategywise” is an inspiring way of approaching a race.

    • David A said on 4th April 2010, 12:29

      Hamilton and Massa outperformed Button, gaining 14 places each. They started behind Button but finished ahead.

      • James_mc said on 4th April 2010, 12:33

        I still think Massa has been poor in the past two races and can up his pace a bit, he seems to get spooked when Fernando is lurking behind him

        • Massa, as I’ve said many times before, spends the start of any race trying to shaft his team mate, and the rest of the race trying to keep them behind him. That’s his primary focus.

          It’s a function of the fact that for the last three partners he feels inferior. First he was Shumi’s number 2, then he was desperate to prove he wasn’t Kimi’s number 2. Now he’s in a world of self-harm again with Alonso.

          He needs to look forwards, not sideways and back.

          • Varun said on 4th April 2010, 16:20

            @Stephen northcott

            Your comments make me laugh

            why should he work hard by making a great start(aus and mal) and surrender the good work to his team mate? Would you have done that?

            As to your point on massa gaining 7 places on the start. Look back and see that “the savior of f1″ gained the same no of places on the start.

            Get fact right

            also the savior of f1 could not get past sutil even with the fduct which gives him a straight line speed. Atleast massa got past button.

          • I didn’t say he should give the place up. I said he should look forwards, not sideways and back. There is a huge difference. Massa does indeed make some good starts, but all too often with quite aggressive and dangerous moves to the detriment of his team mate. He did it to Kimi many times last year, and has done the same to Alonso. In both cases both drivers gave him room rather than have an incident.

            You must also remember that Alonso had no clutch at the beginning of this race, and yet he also made up places. 3 I believe.

            In any case it’s easy to slingshot past back markers, as all the drivers who are normally on the front of the grid, did today.

            Not sure who “the saviour of F1″ is? Anyone?

            And for the last time Massa sat behind more than one car for much longer than Alonso, or anyone else would have. And he was able to pass Button because Buttons’ tyres were going off at that point.

        • Scribe said on 4th April 2010, 12:44

          Massa just goes super defensive with Alonso behind him. It’s damaging the team, it’s up to Alonso to sort it out though. He’s got to qualify an stay ahead of Massa in time for the pit stops as Ferari don’t tend to split strategy an give preferance to their leader. He’s definatley racing better an when you think about the problems he had to today it was a champions drive from Alonso, saving a damaged car right up untill the engine gave up on him. So today he did as best he could.

          What I want to see is Alonso vs Hamilton, talented an exciting, get rid of Vettels pesky quali advantage an I’d like to see him do some proper fighting too, which he’s yet to prove himself capable of.

          • SeanG said on 4th April 2010, 16:18

            I think the jury is still on Vettel. Meaning, is he a proper fighter/racer or simply a very fast driver? I’m a fan of his though. I’d just like to see more action.

            Cheers!

  4. “Adrian Sutil brought his Force India home in fifth, defending his position from Hamilton who closed in on him at the end of the race.”
    Err.. Wasn’t Hamilton close to Sutil for like 15-20 laps?

    “Vettel’s win puts him level with Alonso for secong in the championship, two points behind Massa, who is yet to win a race.”
    Wasn’t this the problem the new points system was supposed to solve?

    Overall, it was a great race. Hamilton, Massa, Alonso and Alguersuari provided a lot of overtaking and Sutil defended well against Hamilton.

    Good job by Red Bull to bring both their cars home, let alone a 1-2 finish :)

    • And Webber was defnitely not happy with his pit stop problem. It cost him the race and he was grumpy on the podium…

      • Ken said on 4th April 2010, 11:40

        I noticed it too. He didn’t look too happy

      • Patrickl said on 4th April 2010, 11:41

        Webber cost himself the race when he got passed after the start.

        Then he lost all hopes of winning when they called in Vettel first.

        • Arhn said on 4th April 2010, 12:52

          After they stopped, Webber was quicker than Vettel. He came very close (less than 3 secondes behind)… The pit definitely cost him the race or at least a chance to fight against his team-mate

          • Scribe said on 4th April 2010, 13:04

            The pit stop in no way cost him the race. Even if that pitstop had been perfect he would never have been able to pass Vettle. Just think for a second, do you really think Vettle would have allowed Webber to pass him. An how may I ask would Webber have pulled of this pass? What rubbish, Webber lost himself the race by taking a silly line an approach to the first corner.

          • Patrickl said on 4th April 2010, 13:11

            Yeah, like Webber is going to be able to overtake his team mate.

            If they had pulled Webber in first, he would have ended up in front of Vettel. Where he should have been in the first place.

          • Webber is not allowed to overtake his team mate as 50% of the time he crashes into anyone he overtakes. ;)

          • Arhn said on 4th April 2010, 13:24

            Webber did some good overtakings during the Australian Grand Prix. So yeah I believe he could to pass Vettel. Though I admit that Vettel is way faster than Webber, I think Webber just missed an opportunity to fight for the 1st place, and maybe win the race.

    • George said on 4th April 2010, 12:28

      “Wasn’t this the problem the new points system was supposed to solve”
      Bear in mind Alonso and Vettel have both had DNFs, if Vettel hadn’t had car trouble he would be walking the championship by now.

      • SeanG said on 4th April 2010, 12:35

        These things never really work out.

        • Jay Menon said on 5th April 2010, 1:59

          My summary of Webber’s post race grumpy face…He’s accepted that he’s not as good as Vettel. Simple as that.

          Vettel drove a great race, the momment he passed Webber at the first corner, you knew that it was his race to throw away. The car held up this time and he drove a perfect race.

          Based on the spectacular, people would give the driver of the day to Lewis because he passed so many cars, but at the end of the day, he was just one place ahead of Massa, who didn’t really pass anyone during the race.

          If Alonso’s engine didnt blow out, I would have given him drive of the day. To drive a whole race without a clutch! You have to admit that was some feat. He made up the same amount places as his teamate, and was putting in faster lap times, which deserves mention.

          My pick for drive of the day was Robert Kubica. He had a solid drive today, no fuss, just got on with it, very consistent in lap times as well. Nico wasn’t far off either, good drive. Sutil showed he was no slouch either!

  5. Peter said on 4th April 2010, 11:45

    Real shame. Second time this year his pit crew has let him down.

  6. Miketbh said on 4th April 2010, 11:49

    Some great drives all round. Very good start from Vettel, Rosberg gets his first podium of the year, Hamilton put on a great show, and also good to see Alguersuari in the points. Didn’t rate him at all last year but has been great in the last two races.

  7. kowalsky said on 4th April 2010, 11:50

    his start was his biggest problem.

  8. glue said on 4th April 2010, 11:55

    nice 5-gate slalom on the straight by hamilton

  9. Salty said on 4th April 2010, 12:02

    Good race with some nice battles throughout the field right upto the last lap. Huge congratulations to Hulk, Alg & Sutil. Shame to see Alonso’s Ferrari break after wrestling with it all race long, but it does offer us a tighter championship battle.

    Strange that after all these years at the pinnacle of racing, Rubens still manages to duff the start so often.

  10. Akiko said on 4th April 2010, 12:08

    Yup, greatest weaving ever. Should have been a drive though at the very least. Yet again, the rules are different for HAM.

    • kowalsky said on 4th April 2010, 12:16

      it’s the driver chosen to act as an steward. I hoped he was here the last past years. good job fia, keep it up, and let the boys race.

      • Mark Hitchcock said on 4th April 2010, 12:45

        Absolutely, I wouldn’t be surprised if Herbert had some influence over not giving Hamilton a penalty.
        A warning is fair. Hamilton did nothing wrong in my opinion, the rule is there to stop drivers weaving in the braking zone and blocking the following driver from passing. Hamilton was just trying to break the tow that Petrov was getting, he wasn’t blocking him.

        Obviously a lot of people seem to think that what he was doing was dangerous so a token warning needed to be given. Very sensible decision.

    • James_mc said on 4th April 2010, 12:35

      A warning was fair, it was enjoyable to watch and at that point they were neither in the braking zone nor was Petrov making a move, he was sitting getting a tow.

    • beneboy said on 4th April 2010, 13:05

      Akiko
      Yup, greatest weaving ever.

      Is this the first F1 GP you’ve watched ?

    • Scribe said on 4th April 2010, 13:14

      Akiko, so I take it you would have penalised Massa heavily in Auz for 150mph weaving in a breaking zone just in front of another driver. Because that was ridiculous driving.

      Hamilton got a warning for weaving on a straight, trying to break a tow. By the time they reached the braking zone he’d chosen his line long ago an didn’t take another move.

      This wasn’t terrificaly dangerous driving, it was unfair driving which is why he got his warning, but Petrov could have taken the inside line after Hamiltons first weave an got the place, which while irrelavant to safety goes some way to explaining the stewards desicion. Petrov didn’t need to tow chase like that it was rather odd by him as well.

      An you’ve rather given yourself away by claiming Hamilton gets advantageous stewarding descions because he famously doesn’t. It’s a clear sign of your own bias that you claim that.

    • ashes1991 said on 4th April 2010, 13:20

      @Akiko

      Are you knew to F1???? Because I am extremely shocked he didn’t get a drive through because everything usually goes against Hamilton!

      • US_Peter said on 4th April 2010, 21:13

        It’s actually pretty funny to see how divisive Hamilton’s driving is.

        Hamilton fans: “He gets treated unfairly.”

        Hamilton haters: “He gets preferential treatment.”

        Personally I do think other drivers would’ve been given a drive through penalty for that weaving. That’s based on previous seasons though, when there weren’t past drivers with the Stewards, so maybe that’s having an effect of softening the rulings in these incidents, after all, Webber only got a warning in Melbourne when he took out Hamilton…

        • ashes1991 said on 4th April 2010, 23:18

          I am a Hamilton fan, I have watched every single one of his races in F1 and I can tell you for a fact he has had more harsh decisions from the stewards than he has had lettings off.

  11. disjunto said on 4th April 2010, 12:13

    still no wins from the front row, looking to be an interesting season :)

    • Scribe said on 4th April 2010, 13:15

      weaal. sort of. Could have been three wins decided before the first corner had not rain an gremlins interfeared.

    • hmm, when last time first 3 GP winners wasnt in front row on grid? :)

      • US_Peter said on 4th April 2010, 21:15

        Also 3 different drivers, 3 different constructors. SPEED said the last time the first 3 races of a season were won by 3 different constructors was 1990. It’s definitely an above average season for competition.

  12. kowalsky said on 4th April 2010, 12:13

    where are the people that criticized bernie for the late start of the race. Not a single rain drop.

  13. KnottyBwoy said on 4th April 2010, 12:26

    Hands up to Lewis!

  14. Great result for Vettel. Well deserved. FInally!
    And Hamilton drove a great race too. Awesome result.

    For me, my favourite drive of the day was actually Petrov. His fight with Hamilton was great fun to watch. And whilst I agree with Hamilton only getting a warning for “technically weaving”, I have to wonder if it had been the other way around whether it would have just been a warning or not!!

    wrt to Alonso’s engine blowing : It very visibly blew as he passed Button. It looked like he was dropping chaff as he came past him at the end of the straight. Presumably that was when a necessarily aggressive downshift went wrong, the box lost some more important cogs, and that contributed to Alonso running wide. But by then it was all over anyway. It was painful to watch Alonso fight with that gearbox all race. Basically with how hard Alonso was forcing the gear changes in a attempt to put a move on Button it was merely a matter of time before that gearbox went.

    The most noticeable thing for me all race was that yet again Massa was unable to pass anything unless conditions gave him the opportunity (re. Button’s tyres). He required driving instructions from Rob (again), and held people up. Notably Alonso.. again! Very frustrating for Alonso I am sure.

    When Alonso can put two moves on a car (driving with a broken gearbox) in half the time it took Massa to luck a pass on the same car. And then when given clean air Alonso can reel in Massa from a seemingly untenable position, the team needs to think about some kind of team orders when Massa is driving so badly. I was quite happy for Ferrari not to do this in the last two races. But this weekend Alonso’s car finally blowing up and their teams loss of points can be directly attributed 100% to how much pressure Alonso and his car were put under in the interest of not upsetting “Felipe baby!”

    Frankly I don’t give a damn about Ferrari. But from an outside perspective the team is just as unhealthy as it was when Kimi was in it. Qualifying was another example of this. They are smoking dope on the pit wall I think.

    Just my opinion.

    • James_mc said on 4th April 2010, 12:37

      “They are smoking dope on the pit wall I think” [I can't do the quote thing!]

      I thought that Kimi had left! Haha! :-P

    • Karan said on 4th April 2010, 14:42

      Alonso was actually driving with no clutch. It is close to impossible to keep the car up to speed, let alone race it. You have to pump the throttle as you come down the gears just to keep it from jumping and stalling. Alonso had to improvise every corner to keep his pace up. Amazing driver.

      • US_Peter said on 4th April 2010, 21:21

        According to the info on Wikipedia (not claiming it’s right, I have no idea one way or the other) the clutch on F1 cars is only used to get the car rolling from a stop into 1st. Once they’re moving the shifting becomes semi-automatic. So would a failed clutch still cause problems?

  15. DanThorn said on 4th April 2010, 12:28

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/82694

    How did he manage to set a string of fastest laps driving like that? Pretty impressive!

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