2012 Malaysian Grand Prix Results

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

Position Driver Team
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
2 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault
5 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault
6 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault
7 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes
8 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes
11 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault
12 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari
13 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
14 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
15 Felipe Massa Ferrari
16 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault
17 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth
18 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault
19 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault Engine
20 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth
21 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth
22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth
23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari Mechanical
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

Position Driver Team Points Poles F/Laps
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 35
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 30 2
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 25 1
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 24
5 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 22
6 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 18
7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 16 1
8 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 8
8 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 8
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 7
11 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 4
12 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 2
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 2
14 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1

Below are the updated Grand Prix Manufacturers Championship standings:

Current 2012 Formula 1 Grand Prix Manufacturers Championship Standings After the Malaysian Grand Prix

Position Team Points
1 McLaren-Mercedes 55
2 Red Bull Racing-Renault 42
3 Ferrari 35
4 Sauber-Ferrari 30
5 Lotus-Renault 16
6 Force India-Mercedes 9
7 Williams-Renault 8
8 STR-Ferrari 6
9 Mercedes 1

The next Formula 1 Grand Prix race will be in China on April 15, 2012.

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