2012 Malaysian Grand Prix - RESULTS

 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix - RESULTS
Fernando Alonso, Malaysian Grand Prix, 25.03.2012

Fernando Alonso is F1's shock world championship leader, after Malaysian rain shook up the order at Sepang.

"It's a tough time for us at the moment, but we will remember this day," said the Ferrari driver, who finished ahead of another surprise podium-sitter, Sauber's Sergio Perez.

The young Mexican was catching Alonso at a rate of knots when he made a mistake.

"I think the win was possible," Perez, who has been linked with Felipe Massa's works Ferrari seat, said after beating the back-to-back 2012 polesitter Lewis Hamilton.

Former Toro Rosso driver and BBC radio commentator Jaime Alguersuari, however, was not overly impressed.

"The team did a fantastic strategy to put Perez on the right tyres at the right moment. For me, that's it," said the Spaniard.

Back-to-back world champion Sebastian Vettel had an horror Sunday, cutting a tyre whilst passing an HRT and eventually retiring with what Red Bull described on the radio as an "emergency" technical problem.

The German lies sixth in the drivers' world championship, four points behind Perez and 17 off the lead.

Title leader Alonso, meanwhile, is not overly happy with the rain-soaked win.

"I think it changes nothing," he said. "We are in a position that we do not want, fighting to get into Q3."

Team boss Stefano Domenicali agreed: "I hope this helps the people at home to push, but we were not stupid yesterday and we are not phenomenal today."

The Italian also denied that Perez's debut podium is the ideal time to immediately pluck the Mexican from Sauber and put him in struggling Felipe Massa's red car.

"Not true, not true," Domenicali told British Sky television.

1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 56 2:44:51.812 8 25
2 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 56 +2.2 secs 9 18
3 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 56 +14.5 secs 1 15
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 56 +17.6 secs 4 12
5 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 56 +29.4 secs 10 10
6 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 56 +37.6 secs 13 8
7 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 56 +44.4 secs 14 6
8 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 56 +46.9 secs 18 4
9 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 56 +47.8 secs 16 2
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 56 +49.9 secs 3 1
11 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 56 +75.5 secs 5  
12 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 56 +76.8 secs 15  
13 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 +78.5 secs 7  
14 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 56 +79.7 secs 2  
15 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 +97.3 secs 12  
16 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 55 +1 Lap 19  
17 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 20  
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 55 +1 Lap 24  
19 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 54 +2 Laps 11  
20 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 21  
21 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 23  
22 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 22  
Ret 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 46 Brakes 17  
Ret 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 3 Spin 6

Note - Kovalainen qualified 19th, but penalised five grid spots for safety-car infringement at previous round. Raikkonen qualified 5th, but penalised five grid spots for unscheduled gearbox change.

Published Mar 25, 2012 7:10 am
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kimi was true again :), but a bit too careful. grosjean instead..is an alien, hocus-pocus..
Mar 26, 2012 9:29 pm
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really peeved that I missed the race. :(
Mar 26, 2012 10:05 am
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I think an infant can do better than MASSA!
Mar 26, 2012 2:25 am
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How about not featuring the winning car in the article thumbnail? No-one likes spoilers. I have fortunately seen the race, but if I hadn't I would have been pretty annoyed.
Mar 25, 2012 3:00 pm
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Surely if you hadn't seen it you'd have no idea if that was the winning car or not? At least there's no chequered flag in the pic.
Mar 25, 2012 4:09 pm
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i couldn't watch it on time, I had it recorded, so I had to avoid Worldcarfans and pretty much all sports news websites/channels most of the day!
Mar 25, 2012 7:03 pm
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If you don't want spoilers, don't go onto a site that has F1 news on it?
Mar 25, 2012 10:54 pm
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whats happening to red bull, they aren't having the best start but then again i'm really not wanting them to perform.
Mar 25, 2012 2:02 pm
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Perez was so much faster than alonso and then "we need to keep the position" order from the team which means, let alonso win. Team orders still working. Ferrari does it again. Bloody hypocrits
Mar 25, 2012 1:40 pm
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take it easy sunshine, they never said dont pass him, they said make sure you bring at least second place home. did they order him to nearly crash? haha dude stop watching highlights and watch the whole grand prix
Mar 25, 2012 4:45 pm
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thats the problem sweety, I saw the whole GP thats why I know he was way faster than alonso. Regarding ure "they said make sure you bring at least second place home" thats quite diferent from "we need to keep the position". Regarding his out of the track bit, maybe that could happen to anyone after the team tells u to "stay where u are". Did u saw the entire GP? Did u saw how much faster the sauber was?? did u fell asleep maybe???
Mar 25, 2012 5:21 pm
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haha.. yeah sure, the sauber caught alonso at approx 0.7secs per lap until he got to within a second to the DRS zone where he under braking in 2nd last corner overshot put a wheel on the kerb which was still wet and couldnt turn in... that rendered him back to over 5 and a half seconds behind the Ferrari. at which point, he carried on catching him at 0.7 secs per lap again. The Sauber was faster then the Ferrari, wether Perez would have had the racecraft to pass Alonso we wont know now. Suggesting "inter-team" orders is a bit much though. Like mercedes powered Force india's use to 'appear' to let the Mclarens by 2 years ago easier then other teams like Ferrari, until one of them took Button out when they eventually scrapped for a position rendered that conspiracy theory useless. Your arguement is based on feelings and not facts.
Mar 25, 2012 9:38 pm
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There were no team orders. If there were, would Perez have continued to keep pushing? Would he still have been lapping faster than Alonso until he made his mistake? Would he have risked binning the car into the gravel trap the way he did? No to all of the above.
Mar 25, 2012 10:53 pm
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Perez really shone today.
Mar 25, 2012 7:46 am
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Alonso, Perez, Senna and Raikonen where top drivers in difficult conditions.
Mar 25, 2012 4:46 pm
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