Not surprisingly the 2012 Formula 1 Grand Prix in race in Malaysia was affected by the rain. It seems that rain always is a factor in the Malaysian Grand Prix and certainly all of the teams come with a strategy to deal with the rain. This year it began to rain just at the start. As a result, all of the teams began the race on intermediate rain tires. As the rain continued to get worse most of the teams changed into full rain tires around Lap 5. However on Lap 9 the race was red flagged. After a delay of about an hour, the Safety Car led the cars around the track with all of the cars required to be on full rain tires. The teams were allowed to add these tires to the cars cars when they were stopped due to the red flag.
After the stop the McLaren team just could not seem to get anything right. They probably brought Button in too soon to change onto intermediate tires, then they had a very slow stop with Hamilton, and this was crowned by Button running into the back of a HRT-Cosworth car which required Button to stop to get a new nose on the car. Button went from first to 22nd during all of this.
While all of this was going on, Alonso managed to get his Ferrari in the lead position with Sergio Perez in a Sauber in second place behind Alonso. And surprisingly enough, this was the way the top two places were finalized. Who would have guessed that a Ferrari would win the race?? And is there anyone other than Sergio Perez’s mother who thought that he would finish on the podium?
Perez Drove the Sauber to Second Place in Malaysia
Hamilton in his McLaren also got on the podium. Red Bull’s Webber finished fourth, but his teammate Vettel finished in eleventh. Raikkonen in the Lotus finished fifth and set the fastest race lap.
Mercedes continues to disappoint me with Schumacher finishing tenth and Rosberg thirteenth.
The complete results for the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix are presented below:
2012 Malaysian Grand Prix Final Race Results
|4||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault|
|7||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes|
|11||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault|
|22||Pedro de la Rosa||HRT-Cosworth|
|24||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||Off Course|
Because of the win, Alonso is now leading the World Drivers Championship standings. The updated World Drivers Championship points standings are presented below:
2012 World Drivers Championship Points Standings After the Malaysian Grand Prix
|4||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||24|
|6||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||18|
|10||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||7|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||2|
Below are the updated Grand Prix Manufacturers Championship standings:
Current 2012 Formula 1 Grand Prix Manufacturers Championship Standings After the Malaysian Grand Prix
|2||Red Bull Racing-Renault||42|
The next Formula 1 Grand Prix race will be in China on April 15, 2012.