Another win for Sebastian Vettel
By David Mirsky
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Hollywood Today) 3/25/2013 – Three time Formula 1World Champion, Sebastian Vettel took his Red Bull Renault from pole position, to the checkered flag to win the Malaysian Grand Prix in exotic Kuala Lumpur this Sunday afternoon. Since rain had been a threat at the start of the race, the field of 22 cars all started on intermittent rain tires. Vettel’s Red Bull team mate, Mark Webber had qualified in second, to dominate the start of the race. At the start, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso had battled with Webber for second place, which had a devastating affect on Alonso’s front wing when Alonso had rammed into Webber’s tire, and subsequently forced Alonso out of the race by lap two.
After several laps, the weather reports had concluded that rain was not in the forecast, sending the entire field into the pits to change into their dry weather tires. Alonso’s team mate, Felipe Massa had taken 3rd
place behind the Red Bulls, with the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg filled the top 5. Last week’s winner in Melbourne, Kimi Raikkonen could only manage to chase his Lotus team mate, Romain Grosjean for most of the race in the middle of the pack.
It quickly became a race of teams…Vettel and Webber were chasing each other around the track as were Hamilton and Rosberg, while the Force India team were racing in the back of the pack. McLaren’s Jenson Button never saw his team mate’s car for most of the race, and since the first lap, Massa Ferrari had to fend for himself. Lewis Hamilton had a slight brain cramp, when he mistakenly pitted in the McLaren pit box, which was his former team from last year. He quickly realized his faux pas, and dashed to his Mercedes pit box. The race was quick and fast on this 3.5 mile course, and at 58 laps, the longest race on the calendar. By lap 45, Webber had been trying to overtake the lead from Vettel, but team orders directed both drivers to conserve tires and not push so hard. But Vettel had other plans….while Webber obliged, Vettel sped up and increased his lead over Webber. Webber was incensed and made it clear to his team. And, while that was going on, Nico Rosberg continually pleaded with his Mercedes team boss, Russ Brawn to let him overtake his team mate, Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg had been faster than Hamilton all day, but was forced to take a back seat to his team mate.
The top five finishing order was, Vettel, Webber, Hamilton, Rosberg and Massa. Right after the race, in the racer’s weigh-in room, Webber made it clear to Vettel that he was pissed off at him for ignoring team orders while he obeyed, and lost any chance for the win. This was something most uncharacteristic for the usually mellow Webber. And then, on the podium, Hamilton really understood his team mate’s frustration by saying that it should be Rosberg standing on the podium instead of him. That’s something I must applaud Hamilton for, I never saw that coming from Lewis….I am truly impressed.
Shanghai is the next stop for the Chinese Grand Prix on April 14th