Last year’s constructors’ champions enjoyed a largely failure-free 2009 – but Michael Schumacher’s race was ended by an unusual failure in Sepang.
|Michael Schumacher||Nico Rosberg|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’51.717 (+1.044)||1’50.673|
|Average race lap||1’43.576 (+2.828)||1’40.749|
Was a full second behind Rosberg in qualifying, lining up eighth on the grid.
Made a good start to run sixth but his race had barely begun before his left rear wheel nut worked loose, putting him out.
Rosberg impressed in qualifying – he was faster than everyone else on wet tyres in Q3, beaten only by Webber’s intermediate-shod Red Bull.
On race day third was the best on offer as the Red Bulls disappeared into the distance.