Vettel wins Malaysian Grand Prix with malfunctioning KERS!

Sebastian Vettel leads the world drivers championship by 24 points from Jenson Button as the German won from pole position despite having intermittent use of KERS. Vettel managed his pace to preserve his tyres as much as he could, pumping in the laps when the McLaren’s got within a handful of seconds of his Red Bull. Jenson Button has a steady race sticking with it to come home in second place after team mate Lewis Hamilton started to fall backwards after his final stop; I assume that he had some problem with the new set of tyres as he immediately started dropping back after pitting for his fourth set of tyres. Hamilton later had a coming together with his nemesis Fernando Alonso; for which both drivers were penalised 20 seconds by the stewards after the race, but more on that later. Hamilton eventually finished in 7th place but was demoted to 8th place after his 20 second penalty which means that Button has leapfrogged his fellow Briton into second with a four point advantage in the drivers championship. Mark Webber had another nightmare race; his KERS system failed before the race event started; which left him a sitting duck off the line; dropping back as far as ninth place before recovering to fourth place including a great pass around the outside of Massa for fifth place and was later given a gift by Hamilton’s off track to move into fourth. But driver of the race for me was Nick Heidfeld who had a nightmare two weeks previous in Melbourne rocketed upto second place off the start line, driving around the outside of the Ferrari’s and McLaren’s. But the German’s pit strategy didn’t work out for him and he dropped back but recovered to finish on the final step of the podium. Felipe Massa finished ahead of his double world champion team mate and that was on pace; not because of Alonso’s 20 second penalty, the Spaniard finished in sixth place despite the penalty. Sauber’s Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi finished the race in seventh place benefiting from Hamilton’s penalty. I just love watching Kobayashi race as he has no fear, although seems to have more sense this season, the Japanese had some fantastic battles including a great battle for ninth with Michael Schumacher. Scot Paul di Resta finished in the points again in 10th place, another great performance for the rookie, two races and two points finishes for Force India beating his much more experienced team mate Adrian Sutil. Crash of the day was courtesy of Vitaly Petrov who got some serious air after an off track excursion; hitting a storm drain at full throttle launching the car back on the track breaking his steering column in he process, he was having a decent race upto that point!

Now for more on the Hamilton/Alonso collision; anyone with eyes could see that it was a racing incident; so why didn’t the stewards see it the same way? Both drivers were called to the stewards after the race and the result of a 20 second penalty for each of the drivers. Frankly this is a crock of shit; both were racing hard and that is what F1 is about; no wonder drivers are a little wary of overtaking. Hamilton was hit with a penalty because he supposedly made more defensive moves than he was allowed and Alonso for causing a collision. Yet two weeks earlier Felipe Massa made numerous moves to block Jenson Button from passing in Australia and nothing was said or done, what the fuck? these stewards are more inconsistent than the Malaysian weather.

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