Fans videos from the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix

2012 Malaysian Grand Prix

The Malaysian Grand Prix weekend started in blazing sunshine and ended with pouring rain and a thrilling race.

Here’s a selection of the best footage shot at the circuit by fans during the race weekend.

Edited footage from practice

Practice begins on a dry track.

Turn one in practice

Sepang’s distinctive first corner.

The start

The race begins – keep an eye out for a quick start by Vitaly Petrov in the second video.

The first pit stops

The first round of pit stops begins as the rain begins to fall harder. Lewis Hamilton comes in followed by the two Red Bulls while Jenson Button, who has already stopped, flies past.

Maldonado hits di Resta

Filmed a few moments after the previous video and taken from the same place as the second – albeit in much different conditions.

Sebastian Vettel runs wide and comes under pressure from Fernando Alonso as the rain comes down.

After that, Paul di Resta is knocked into a spin by Pastor Maldonado.

Hamilton leads Button

The McLarens run in formation in heavy rain.

Michael Schumacher on the grid

Close up with Michael Schumacher on the grid before the race is restarted.

Restart

The race restarts and Felipe Massa lines up to pass Jean-Eric Vergne.

The leaders

Sergio Perez chases Alonso with Hamilton in pursuit as the track dries.

Alonso celebrates

Alonso on his victory lap after a remarkable win.

And finally…

An edited overview of the weekend by an excited fan.

If you’ve shot any F1 footage you’d like to share, please get in touch via the contact form, using Twitter or via F1 Fanatic’s YouTube account.

Thanks to Damonsmedley for his help with this feature.

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19 comments on Fans videos from the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix

  1. Goodness Me (@goodness-me) said on 5th April 2012, 17:01

    Some great videos here, good finds!

    Why is Schumacher behind Maldonado in the third video? Are drivers not mandated to line up in order even before the formation lap?

    And talking of Maldonado, he was lucky not to collect anyone when he spun back onto the racing line after shunting di Resta.

  2. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 5th April 2012, 17:06

    That first lap video offers another view of the Maldonado/Senna collision, but unfortunately, once more, it doesn’t really tell us who was at fault. It looks like Senna got a run around the outside of turn 5 and then got squeezed on the way into 6. No idea whose fault it was, but it’s interesting to note that Senna has been tipped into spins in the first two races of the year and recovered quite well on both occasions (until his crash with Massa in Melbourne, that is).

    Also, that video of Maldonado and di Resta colliding is interesting! I’d probably say that was Pastor’s fault, but to be fair to him, he was coming out of the pits on new tyres and probably had no idea where to brake. Paul was lucky that the radius of the corner meant he didn’t lose much time, however.

    • Eleanore (@leucocrystal) said on 6th April 2012, 4:33

      I think Senna learned a lot at LRGP last year, almost because of their often baffling race strategies, which often left him stuck driving recovery race after recovery race, which he’s clearly gotten very good at. Watching him this season, I’ve been impressed, but one thing that might keep him out of trouble is getting a bit better about cleanly driving through sticky situations, rather than trying to go a bit wide around them, since that tends to be where he runs into problems. (I know, easier said than done, but as it’s his first proper full season with a car that doesn’t blow up beneath him every other race, I’m hoping we’ll get see him develop nicely this year.)

  3. Bleeps_and_Tweaks (@bleeps_and_tweaks) said on 5th April 2012, 17:19

    @Keithcollantine This really is a great feature, one of my favourites on the site. Do you search for these yourself, or do people send you links?

  4. JPedroCQF1 (@joao-pedro-cq) said on 5th April 2012, 17:37

    Does anyone knows the name of the song used on the first video? I’ve asked the author of the video but he doesn’t know the name, so I’m hoping some of you knows.

  5. BasCB (@bascb) said on 5th April 2012, 21:09

    Love those video’s @Keithcollantine, a big thank you to everyone sending them in!

    One question, isn’t the Schumacher one on the grid for the restart (with Schumacher being behind a Williams and all of them having the wet tyres on)?

  6. James (@jamesf1) said on 5th April 2012, 23:09

    Some excellent videos on here. Couple of observations:

    1) Massive respect for the drivers. The TV footage doesnt really reflect how much spray the intermediate tyres kick up, and how long said spray lasts for. Granted the cars were bunched together tightly on the first lap, but as noted by Brundle and Crofty, the humidity almost locks the moisture kicked up by the cars in place for a fair amount of time. Watching the video makes me appreciate more how much of an inspired choice it was by Perez and Sauber to come in early

    2) On a similar note on conditions, it’s very dark in the video where Maldonado taps Di Resta! I’ve raced in fading light, during wet conditions in karts before, so I have some respect for what these Gents are doing on a Sunday afternoon/evening. However, they’re doing 180mph+ into these corners, whilst flicking and twisting 23945 switches in the car, whilst trying to find a breaking point on a rainsoaked visor, watching their mirrors, changing gears and turning in. Furthermore, when the race was red flagged. The TV images dont do the actual conditions justice. Top marks to all the drivers for trying to keep it clean, and commendations to Vergne for keeping it on the tarmac (water/river?) on intermediate tyres!

    3) On a related note to the last one. What the hell is Maldonado playing at. He went for a gap which wasnt going to be there in the dry, let alone the wet. The man’s racing ability is atricious compared to the other racers. If I had a £10 for every time he ruined another driver’s race or qualifying lap, I’d soon have enough to fly first class to Abu Dhabi, purchase a pit pass for the race and have a cup of tea with Eccelstone. He’s F1’s equivalant of a cash cow. Get rid, I’d rather watch tallented drivers.

    4) I laughed a little whilst watching the somewhat relative pedestrian pace of the medical car following the cars around on the first lap. I know the car itself is doing over 100mph, but it looks so slow it’s almost comical! XD

    • Matt (@agentmulder) said on 6th April 2012, 5:45

      3) On a related note to the last one. What the hell is Maldonado playing at. He went for a gap which wasnt going to be there in the dry, let alone the wet. The man’s racing ability is atricious compared to the other racers. If I had a £10 for every time he ruined another driver’s race or qualifying lap, I’d soon have enough to fly first class to Abu Dhabi, purchase a pit pass for the race and have a cup of tea with Eccelstone. He’s F1′s equivalant of a cash cow. Get rid, I’d rather watch tallented drivers.

      That has to be the single most spectacular analysis of Maldonado I’ve ever read. I’m still laughing! So true good sir, so true.

  7. Thecollaroyboys (@thecollaroyboys) said on 5th April 2012, 23:39

    Fantastic, thanks to all of the posters and thanks to Keith as always. These videos are really handy for planning where to sit when you’re planning to go to future races. The shot above the Mclaren pit was awesome – how much did you pay for that ticket?

  8. Dave (@davea86) said on 6th April 2012, 4:26

    This has to be one of my favourite parts of the site. Love the fan videos.

    That last video was awesome! It’s great when you get to see the fans as well as footage of the cars. Whenever I go to a race I try to get lots of photos of the fans and the atmosphere although when I get home and look through them I usually only have a couple, with millions of shots of the cars.

  9. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 6th April 2012, 12:55

    This is a real tribute to the power of the internet and smartphones/digital cameras. Brilliant stuff. The sound you get from these videos is much more lifelike than what the FOM feed gives us.

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