Alfonso Unlikely Winner of the Malaysian F1 Leg

by on Apr.10, 2012, under Formula1, Fun

After the results of the F1 run in Spain, no one would have guessed that Fernando Alonso would end up atop the championship charts with five points left to spare before the next in line equalizes. With poor performances on the first two pre-season races, Alonso’s plan was to run the next races using a damage limitation mode. But in the Malaysian GP, Alonso scored twenty-five huge points right at the moment when Ferrari had no inkling that their car is actually going to win.
Aside from Alonso, there were other interesting occurrences in the Malaysian F1 leg. Perez, who was also racing on Ferrari engines won second place. His second place performance may have been brought about by a smart decision to enter the pits towards the end of the first lap when the car became wet. Other cars decided to pit after three or four laps and that resulted in Perez establishing himself on third with the McLarens ahead of him. The weather continued to deteriorate and the safety car was set out to neutralize the race. Another amazing run was shown by jean-Eric Vergne on board a Toro Rosso. He started the race at the 18th place and found himself at 7th after a free tire change. Hamilton tactically went into the pits first during the 14th lap but somehow he could not be released safely because of heavy traffic and that had cost him the leading position to Alonso. Strangely, the Ferraris driven by Perez and Alonso always had the advantage over the McLarens and the Sauber. All of a sudden, there is doubt whether the McLaren MP4-27 really had enough features to outrun the Ferrari and it may be stiff compared to the very complaint features of Ferrari especially on wet tracks.
Hamilton finished third for the second week consecutive and Mark Webber ended fourth for the second week in a row as well. However, there is no reason to discount the 2007 champion Kimi Raikonnen who has been consistent in the past few races although he really has to do something drastic in order to register on the radar. The Lotus driver is set to battle it out on all fronts. Mercedes-riding Schumacher was the only flag carrier for Mercedes Benz who went home with race points and he has been showing off consistently in the qualifying races.

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