Sergio Perez, Sauber, Sepang, 2012

2012 Malaysian Grand Prix result

2012 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso held off a charging Sergio Perez to win the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Pos # Driver Car Laps Gap Difference Reason
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 56
2 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 56 2.263 2.263
3 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 56 14.591 12.328
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 56 17.688 3.097
5 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 56 29.456 11.768
6 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 56 37.667 8.211
7 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 56 44.412 6.745
8 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 56 46.985 2.573
9 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 56 47.892 0.907
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 56 49.996 2.104
11 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 56 75.527 25.531
12 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 56 76.828 1.301
13 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 78.593 1.765
14 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 56 79.719 1.126
15 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 97.319 17.600
16 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 55 1 lap 1 lap
17 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 55 1 lap 42.665
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 55 1 lap 3.979
19 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 54 2 laps 1 lap
20 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 54 2 laps 150.437
21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 54 2 laps 85.953
22 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 54 2 laps 6.790*
Not classified
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 46 10 laps 8 laps Brakes
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 3 53 laps 43 laps Accident

*20-second post-race time penalty for causing a collision with Sebastian Vettel.

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39 comments on “2012 Malaysian Grand Prix result”

  1. Never been more heartbroken by a race result in all my life.

    1. hmmm “hold for position”

      maybe it should have been “alonso is slower than you”

    2. I feel exactly the same. This result stinks. How could sauber keep perez on inters when every body else is changing? Why tell your guy to settle for p2 when he is a more than a second faster than the guy in front?

      1. Perhaps because Sauber is still a midfield team for which 18 points will make a huge difference at the end of the season, while an over-eager youngster inexperienced in high-profile fights throwing it away chasing victory would have been a cruel blow. His win will come in time.

      2. They didn’t tell him to settle, they told him to not do anything stupid when trying to pass Alonso. 18 points in its self is highly valuable for Sauber, a senisble 2nd is better than crashing out whilst trying to win.

        1. @slr Exactly. His 18 points alone is probably better than himself and Kobayashi could manage together on any other weekend.

      3. @zecks , @ronnie

        Maldonado was the last person to be chasing Alonso in the closing stages of a race. Look how that turned out. Perez was faster, but Sauber are a team that needed the points. And they only wanted Perez not to take unnecessary risks.

    3. Same. Gutted for Perez, still pushing all he had at the end from what I saw..

      1. Maybe ferrari should go into the antique furniture repair business. Their strap line would be “we’ll fix anything”

        1. Assumptions are the mother of all Frackups.

    4. how’s compared to 2011 Canada?

    5. The race reminds me of 1997 Hungarian GP in a similar way. At the start of the race you’d have sold your left arm to have Sauber in 2nd place but looking at the race, you can’t help but feel gutted and think he should have won.

  2. Surely after that, Ferrari have got to ditch Massa for Perez

    1. Why not replacing Kobayashi with Alonso? I am sure he would feel much more confortable not having to defende himself against Saubers/Williams at end of each race! : )

  3. Ferrari team orders to Sauber.

    1. Luca: Hey Petey, ur guy is crawling up my boy’s behind!
      Pete: yep! wakey wakey!
      Luca: This season engine supply for free…U knowey what to do!
      Pete: Sergio, my boy, “WE NEED THIS POSITION!!!”
      Poor Sergio: Aww! well here I stage a little excursion off the track! Better no.2 in ferrari( in future ) than P1 in Sepang!

      1. Another grand example of why people should have to sign up to comment. -.-

  4. 9 different teams in the top 10. That’s amazing!

  5. It’s an amazing time when Sauber are disappointed with 2nd. Well done Checo, you did so well!

  6. Now we know EXACTLY how Hamilton was feeling when he was gutted with 3rd in Australia. Can think of nothing except the Sauber win that should have been. Sauber stopped Perez from overtaking Alonso by keeping him out an extra lap, then they spooked him when he was a second a lap quicker with 5 laps to go. I guess there really is a difference in quality of team between the top and middle.

    1. When they kept him out for one more lap, the “rain is coming, oh God, rain is coming” messages were still all over the place. One small tactical mistake against the hugely successful call at the beginning of the race.

  7. I seriously do not know what Massa is doing anymore. It’s like he’s trying his best to fail.

    There is something that caught my eye though. As a redditor pointed out: “Still, I refuse to believe that Massa’s car was in perfect conditions, he was doing 286 k/h while Petrov was 302 k/h, too great a difference to be just the driver.”

    I’m not sure if that’s correct, but if it is, then Massa himself needs to get the hell out of there before it’s too late.

    1. Spot on. Massa has become a race-time test driver for Ferrari at the moment. There’s no focus or interest on him from the team.

      He needs to get out of there quick, but I’m afraid this is the end of his F1 career if he does so. Can’t think of any team willing to give him a seat now. Except for a possible switch. Him taking Perez’s place at Sauber, with Sergio at Ferrari. However, this also seems unlikely. Can’t find any reasons for Sauber to not go with Gutierrez if Perez leaves.

    2. It’s difficult to asses Massa’s performance after this race. On one hand he was almost lapped by his team mate, but on the other hand he finished right behind Rosberg and Button, who you also would expect to be more in front.

      1. @necrodethmortem – Button had that problem with Karthikeyan early on, and yet he still passed Felipe. As for Rosberg, I think it’s a combination of the Mercedes being very bad in the race and Nico himself being subpar all of a sudden. I mean, Michael finished in front of him and got into the points. That’s got to say something.

      2. Could it just be that the two of them had different setups? I really have no idea what to say anymore. Part of me wishes that that was true, but part of me also knows that Felipe has been subpar for far too long.

  8. So did Vettel actually stop? Based off the results he did despite being told to on third radio message.

    1. Vettel’s team radio on the final lap was just hilarious.

      Anyway, I really feel Perez was skewed out of the win by Sauber. First they pit him a lap too late for slicks, then they beg him to stay behind. I’m guessing this is because of the Ferrari-Sauber relationship, because with equal treatment as Alonso, Perez had this win in the bag.

  9. Great drive from Ferrari and Alonso. Fantastic drive from Sauber.
    Mclaren messed up yet again and missed opportunities although they were lacking in race pace.
    Happy for Williams!!!!
    Imagine were they’d be now …..
    Vettel wrecked his own race. He moved in front of a HRT that wasn’t in his way.
    Button got a bit too greedy tried to eat a HRT.

  10. Once again DRS sucked!

    Im getting totally fed up of watching DRS kill racing by producing crap, boring passing in which the car been passed can do nothing to defend, That isn’t racing.

    If DRS continues to do this im very close to just not bothering to watch anymore!

  11. I haven’t gone through all the comments, so this could be a repeat, but I am very encouraged to see eight different manufacturers in the top eight (nine in the top ten). When did this last happen? Clearly, the rain had a large part in this, but the fact is that the final positions weren’t undeserved: the Sauber is very quick, as is the Mercedes and the Williams and the Lotus. I’m expecting better from Force India too. I’ve been watching this sport since the mid eighties and have never seen such an enticing prospect for competition not just at the front but throughout the field. Whoever wins the championship this year will be truly a great driver.

  12. Just Amazing. Alonso drove extremely well but I should admit Perez did better. F2012 is simply too slow. I never thought it’s slower than the Sauber(maybe on par?) but it’s ridiculous. Truly Ferrari have to give Alonso much better car. In wet condition it looks much better so it seems like F2012 is not fundamentally flawed. I believe they can get the car switched on with some updates.

  13. Suggestion for next season : Provide artificial rain for each track so races can be more interesting.

  14. It’s like all the drivers names were put in a hat and plucked out!

    Brilliant stuff.

    We won’t see such an unexpected result for a long while I guess so we should all enjoy it. Regardless of your viewpoint, focus on how brilliant Perez was as a driver today. There’s plenty of time in the future for team orders scepticism.

  15. Please bring back the F-DUCT.

  16. 5th best car… 1st in the championship!

    Maybe Hamilton could learn something from that?

    How absurd to believe Ferrari gave “team orders” to another team, why would people even discuss that?

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