Formula Racing

Malaysian Grand Prix - Race Review

Bulls Lock Horns In Malaysia
By Armaan Ebrahim


Sebastien Vettel won his first race of 2013 and Red Bull got a one-two finish which resulted in a bucket of points. Now you would expect everyone to be all happy go lucky with a result like that but today it was the total opposite. Going back to that last stint, the Bulls were at the 1st and 2nd position quite comfortably, so they were told to go into fuel saving mode and hold position till the end of the race. Under normal circumstances, drivers end up obeying their team but Vettel took things into his own hands and went for it with an aggressive move which lasted for a couple of corners of wheel to wheel racing. Obviously, Webber feels like he was robbed of a well-deserved victory; it’s going to be very interesting to see how this relationship plays out and whether things will heated up over the course of this year.

Further down, there was plenty of action with Lewis Hamilton taking his first podium for Mercedes but again team orders came into play when Lewis was told to run on fuel saving mode which meant that  a charging Rosberg had to bite his lip and stay in forth.

Ferrari didn't have the best of days with Massa being the sole ranger bringing the car home in 5th after starting on the front row. Their star driver Fernando Alonso got a good start and was running in 2nd but a rare mistake saw him tapping the rear of Vettel which was enough to damage the front wing. Ferrari didn't realize it soon enough and that caused the wing to break, causing Alonso to go straight into the gravel. This is a huge blow in terms of points. Australian GP winner Kimi Raikkonen was off-color today and only finished 7th behind team mate Grosjean. They were followed by Hulkenberg, Perez both who opened their 2013 points account and to round up the top ten Jean Eric Vergne.

Sahara Force India had a day to forget after looking really strong not only in the race but consistently over the weekend. Both cars were set for a top ten finish only to retire due to a faulty but strange wheel nut problem. I'm sure the guys back at the shop will be working flat out to get this sorted by China because the car right now looks really strong.

Things are definitely heating up through the field next up China!

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes