Fernando Alonso wins Chinese Grand Prix; thrilling battle for podium place
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Posted By: James Allen  |  14 Apr 2013   |  9:43 am GMT  |  550 comments

Fernando Alonso won the Chinese Grand Prix for Ferrari, the third different race winning driver and car combination in three races this season, with Kimi Raikkonen finishing second, where he started and Lewis Hamilton holding off a hard charging Sebastian Vettel for third.

It was Alonso’s 31st career victory, equalling Nigel Mansell for fourth in the all-time winners list and his second in China. Vettel retained the drivers’ championship lead, three points ahead of Raikkonen, Alonso and Hamilton, but it tightened up; just 12 points separate the top four drivers, all World Champions.

Ferrari closed to within five points of Red Bull in the constructor’s championship thanks to a double points finish, while Red Bull only had Vettel in the points.

Raikkonen had to recover from a poor start, where he dropped from second to fourth and with damage to the front of his car after hitting the back of Sergio Perez’ McLaren early on. Afterwards he said that without that damage he would have been a lot faster. Given that he finished close behind Alonso it begs the question, but Alonso said that he had been able to measure his pace and control the field.

“It was fantastic race for us,” said Alonso.”The tyre degradation was better than expected. After the retirement in Malaysia we had some pressure today. You always push but it is true that we had some pace in our pocket. We had more potential but maybe we can show that in Bahrain next week.”

It was a race of strategy, with leading cars doing different strategies to deal with the performance difference between the soft and medium compound Pirelli tyres. It all came together at the end as the cars who started on the medium tyres were forced to pit just before the end for the short-life soft tyres. It led to a thrilling climax as Vettel chased down Hamilton for the final podium place.

Vettel, Button , Hulkenberg, Perez, Gutierrez, Di Resta, Bottas and Vergne all started on the medium tyre.

Mark Webber started from the pit lane on soft tyres, his strategy to pit on lap 1 and then run the whole race on medium tyres

At the start Hamilton got away well from pole, with Raikkonen dropping from second to fourth, swallowed up by the Ferraris of Alonso and Massa. Rosberg and Grosjean battled for fifth, while Vettel dropped back to ninth.

Hamilton was in trouble with the tyres quite quickly; the Ferraris passed him on lap five and Hamilton pitted a lap later, with Rosberg also coming in the same lap. Amazingly Mercedes turned them both around with Rosberg having a similar pit stop time to Hamilton in 3.3 seconds.

Alonso stopped on lap 7, retaining his lead over Hamilton, Massa lost out by pitting a lap later, coming out behind both of them and behind Webber. The Brazilian was able to pass him, in the laps that followed however.

Raikkonen managed to stay ahead of Webber after his pit stop and tucked in behind Hamilton.

On lap 13 Hulkenberg led the Grand Prix, with Vettel in second place, losing time behind the Sauber. Alonso was in control of the race at this point, the leading car of the ones which had started on soft tyres and with the medium tyred Vettel only 3 seconds ahead. In the phase after his first stop and before Vettel’s Alonso took nine seconds out of Vettel’s lead over him.

On lap 15 Hulkenberg and Vettel both pitted and Red Bull turned their man around more quickly, gaining the place.

Button now led the race for McLaren, looking like he was trying to do the race in two stops, with Alonso in second place ahead of Hamilton.

Raikkonen hit the back of Perez, “What the hell is he doing?” asked Raikkonen. Perez had been fairly robust in his racing all day. Meanwhile Webber collided with Vergne, damaging the front wing and later his right rear wheel fell off at the hairpin.

Stewards later hit him with a three place grid penalty for the next race in Bahrain for causing a collision. They also hit Esteban Gutierrez with a five place penalty for clashing with Adrian Sutil at the start.

Alonso had a 12 second lead over Vettel at this stage of the race, but Vettel cut into it slowly. Alonso pitted on lap 24 and lost a second as Button came down the pit lane. This meant that Vettel closed more on him.

Button’s stop on lap 24 meant he could make it through the race on two stops, but he was believed to have used DRS in a yellow flag zone, which stewards said they would investigate after the race.

Vettel led the race on lap 27 from Alonso, then the two stoppers Hulkenberg and Button, with Hamilton in fifth and Raikkonen sixth.

Vettel was told by his team not to lose time fighting Alonso who was on fresher tyres. He passed him on the inside on lap 29, on tyres that were much fresher. Lap times were more important to Red Bull and both teams were focussed on the end of the race. Both men had one more stop to make.

Hamilton passed Button on lap 29 for fourth place, on fresher tyres, as the various strategies played out. Hamilton, Button and Raikkonen were all together in an enthralling race.

Vettel made his second stop on lap 32 and immediately passed Massa as he came out of the pits, not losing any time behind the Ferrari.

On lap 34 Alonso had a 24 second lead over Vettel, with both men needing to stop again, Alonso for medium tyres, Vettel for softs. Raikkonen pitted on lap 35 for the final time with 22 laps to do on the medium tyres, trying to undercut Hamilton. Mercedes did not react, leaving Hamilton out for two more laps.

Hulkenberg and Massa pitted together on lap 37, but Hulkenberg lost the place to the Ferrari as the Sauber didn’t come off the pit lane speed limiter. Hamilton pitted a lap later and lost the place to Raikkonen.

Alonso pitted for the final time on lap 42, a slow stop in 4 seconds, which handed the lead back to Vettel, who still had to stop again with 14 laps to the end.

Alonso repassed Vettel a lap later, using the DRS and the advantage of fresher tyres. With the race under control he set a new fastest lap of the race on lap 47 and was told not to push by his engineer, “I’m not pushing” said Alonso.

Button pitted on lap 50 for new softs, passing Massa for sixth place on the out lap. Vettel pitted on lap 51, rejoining in fourth, 12 seconds behind Hamilton. He had nothing to lose from behind and was able to push flat out to the end for four laps.

In the closing stages it got very close as Vettel closed at three seconds per lap on Hamilton, who was tucked up behind Raikkonen.

Hamilton’s tyres were suffering on the final lap. It was a final lap showdown, with Vettel and Hamilton dicing to the flag, a couple of small mistakes by Vettel as the pair navigated a back marker Caterham gave Hamilton breathing space.

Button finished in fifth with Massa in sixth and Ricciardo coming in an excellent seventh, where he started the race.

After all the complaints before the race about the Pirelli soft tyres degrading too quickly, it ended up creating a fascinating and entertaining Grand Prix, with the same three drivers who started at the front of the grid ending up on the podium, albeit in reverse, with Alonso moving from third to first and Hamilton the opposite.

CHINESE GRAND PRIX, Shanghai, 56 laps
1. Alonso Ferrari 1h36:26.945
2. Raikkonen Lotus + 10.100s
3. Hamilton Mercedes + 12.300s
4. Vettel Red Bull + 12.500s
5. Button McLaren + 35.200s
6. Massa Ferrari + 40.800s
7. Ricciardo Toro Rosso + 42.600s
8. Di Resta Force India + 51.000s
9. Grosjean Lotus + 53.400s
10. Hulkenberg Sauber + 56.500s
11. Perez McLaren + 1m03.800s
12. Vergne Toro Rosso + 1m12.600s
13. Maldonado Williams + 1m33.800s
14. Bottas Williams + 1m35.400s
15. Bianchi Marussia + 1 lap
16. Pic Caterham + 1 lap
17. Chilton Marussia + 1 lap
18. van der Garde Caterham + 1 lap

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Anthony Alonso :-)

loved that race ! hats off to kimi and Lotus – driver of the day for sure. glad alonso got the win and happy for hamilton too. Surely vettel left it too late by a couple of laps ? the rate he was gaining right at the end.

And where did Massa’s race go ? i havnt quite worked that out yet. i have faith in him, i think ferrari struggle to look at two cars sometimes ? ?

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I hear a lot on forums about how important points are to the team, but with the new fees that the teams have to pay to the FIA starting this year, including what I believe is £6,000 for each point scored, I do wonder if the FIA are in danger of making point-scoring a double-edged sword for the teams.

On the one hand, the point tally at the end of the season determines what your team gets paid, but at the same time, there is a hefty outlay.

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It’s still a small % of the money the team wins. You’d rather have the points than not – put it that way!!

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Regarding the Kimi Perez incident

Kimi said:

“I don’t know if he could see me or how it happened, but there was no way for me to avoid it anymore as I was there next to him and ran out of road.”

Perez said:

“Basically Kimi outbraked himself and locked his tyres and hit me from behind.”

I assume Perez will see it a little bit different after watching the replay of the incident.

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Webber’s fuel penalty appeared to be cancelled out by starting from the pit and running the softs for less than one lap. Being forced to run both compounds can sometimes be considered a penalty and in this race it obviously was. So we have one penalty effectively cancelling out the effect of another.

Firstly, was this really legal? He was able to run the softs for less than a lap! (From pit exit to box.)

This isn’t the first time that Red Bull have managed to annul most of the effects of a penalty, and if Webber and his team hadn’t cocked things up later on he probably would have been in contention for a podium.

Do the rules need changing to stop this sort of thing? If so how?

Lastly, does anyone think this could have actually been planned?

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Warren Groenewald

I actually found the decision quite strange and rather than annulling the penalty I thought Mark would have been better off putting in 5 banzai laps and using the pace advantage of new soft tires to cancel out the penalty.

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Yes it’s legal, don’t forget you lose a lot of time and track position by pitting on lap 1, it takes 19 seconds to pit

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Tony, I don’t think teams should be allowed to mess with a car that has been penalised, to allow it to cope better with traffic.

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OK, it’s legal but is it right?

He had relatively clear air to make up the time taken to stop. He’d almost managed to catch up with Massa and Rosberg before it all went wrong – not much of a penalty. Just wondering whether you and others think it is right that a penalty can be largely annulled like this.

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Hi James,

Now after the Chineese GP i hope no one would compare Felipe with Fernando..because he was,is and never will be in the class of Fernando Alonso…he just out qualified Fernando by tenth of a second and people started to think he is much better or make be equal to Fernando..I do agree Fernando is not the best in qualifying but when it comes to racing he is the only best out there…Felipe is always there only till the first stint but then starts loosing ground massively and he always explanation for that…whats your take on this James ?

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I’m starting to find the style of the constant carping from self-proclaimed “purists” a bit wearing.

We get that you don’t like the current rules formula, and it’s great that you express your opinions – that’s what James has a comments section for, after all.

Could we lose the sneering tone, though? I’ve been following motorsport in general and F1 in particular for 40 years, and I compete in amateur motorsport in a purpose-built race car. I know a little bit about motor racing and what it takes to drive a car fast on a track.

I happen to like the variables that have been introduced by the tyres. I also don’t mind DRS as a way of compensating for the effect on a following car of the turbulent aerodynamic wake of the leading car.

However, I am getting tired of being characterised as a shallow or uninformed fan, or a “magpie”, or any one of a number of sneers, for holding those views.

Express your opinions, discuss, argue. Just try to remember that the people who disagree with you are just as passionate and often just as knowledgeable about the sport – they just have a different view.

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Couldn’t agree more, Tim.

My motor sport history more or less mirrors your own. What I find is that anyone holds an opinion, there are too many posters who are prepared to be rude or insulting just because their thoughts differ, rather than discuss their differences.

I’ve been keeping away from some blogs for this very reason, to avoid the petty sneers & insults that are bandied about. I noticed the ‘magpie’ remark too, that is one poster who induges regularly in cheap sneers, when a different view is expressed.

The anonimity of the internet seems to let some posters lose the run of themselves.

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We try very hard to moderate them out

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Third race and Alonso won it on pace and determination. Nothing gifted to him there.

It’s gonna be a great season. The Ferrari has speed and Alonso’s gonna extract the most out of this one.

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Urgh, these tyres are slightly annoying for a spectator. The best part of the race was when Vettel was allowed to use the full life of them and really push. That makes it far more interesting than having F1 drivers “drive to a predetermined lap time”.

I don’t blame Pirelli in all of this though, it’s obvious they are doing what they have been asked to produce tyres that degrade. For my mind that is a bit artificial. This is F1 racing, not endurance racing.

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When the softs were discarded soon and mediums took over we had some form of decent racing with proper pace. As not all DRS overtakes were successful I don’t wanna add more whining. Lewis’s softs were shot not even into lap 3.

Alonso deserved the win with his outright pace and in his raging red bull he controlled the race comfortably. Nando’s flow was perfect, sweeping around the track steadily. I don’t think Kimi would’ve caught Nando without the broken front wing but nevertheless Kimi drove very well too. Lewis did his best and looked happy (Schumi must be pissed, lol).

How did Mark’s wheel break off at that speed and that was lucky he wasn’t in full speed. But to penalise Mark for a race incident was uncalled for. What’s new with FIA.

Wow Ricciardo finished where he started, very impressive and Bianchi was too.

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I think it hadn’t been fixed correctly at the stop and at the hairpin his wheels went over the curb and he took a tight line to avoid the leaders lapping him. I think the bump of that curb and the acute angle he took shook the wheel free.

As for the incident, it’s regrettable for Mark but I think he deserved the penalty. It wasn’t a geniune overtaking chance, the gap wasn’t there and he took the Toro Rosso out.

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If people are going to complain about DRS overtakes and tyres they need an alternative. That alternative would probably have to be a massive aero reduction. Right now it is impossible to overtake without a mercedes with no DRS or tyre difference because of the car in front’s wake.

3 or 4 years ago you could hardly see any overtakes a race and it was so frustrating. Traffic ended a race if you didn’t qualify 2nd or 3rd. At least now qualifying is an advantage which is all it should be. The race is the race!

So until aero is massively reduced (not the half hearted efforts of recent years) and cars are matched gp2 style I’m happy with Pirelli and DRS

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Tom in adelaide

DRS needs to go ASAP.

Also, Webber penalised for next race due to what was 100% racing incident? Is that really what we want F1 to be?

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dear, james allen it’s truly sad to read all the commit about the one sport that has been such a joy in my life.. to read that some feels that formula one is starting to look like a wrestling event is the lowest and one of the worse things to hear!! the fia has turn something that was magical in to a gimmick is appalling !!! so many have voice their opinion from the start about these pirelli tyres and i am one of them, and yet the power to be still chooses the tyres for each race weekend ?? but if these pirelli tyres are all the teams has to work with let them pick what compound that work the best for that team .. and in closing, please,please to the fia and john todt and bernie ecclestone make some changes for the whole of formula one before it gets out of control please …

formula one life is forever and it has no equal …

21

Poor you if F1 is a joy of your life:-) need to find somethi g real, genuine and not manipulated.

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Boring!!! Best Car and driver won today, but very little true racing! IMO this is not what F1 should be, strategies on tyre management belong to sports cars !

ALO superb, Jenson brilliant execution of the endurance strategy in a sub par mclaren and Webber impatient in a weekend to forget… Great driving by Kimi and Lewis. Sutil needs to find a lucky charm…

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Mike from Colombia

Agree with everything that Jacques Villeneuve said on the BBC. This is not real racing. No gladiatorial battles will ever happen while we have these tyres and the dreadful DRS.

On another note. When will the BBC have some considerations for fans. Ban Legard from commentating. Absolutely littered with errors.

He does not know how to read a race and even until 5 laps from the end he was insisting that Raikkonen had to come in for softs.

He ruined this race for me. Someone from the Beeb needs to put their arm around him and quietly lead him to his desk and an empty cardboard box.

As for Suzi Perry – when will she learn not to interrupt and make constant desperate attempts to show that she has “some” knowledge on F1. If the BBC wanted a female then what they did by sidelining Lee McKenzie is criminal. Lee did a great job and actually knows something about the sport.

Please please please get rid of DRS. I want to see moves like Monza 2007. Or Monza 1998. When will we ever see an ending like Spa 2008 again?

Driver’s are simply running their own races and hoping to do so in clean air. If you try to overtake someone you are seen as reckless. Better to just hold off, or even better let others overtake you so that you can stroke home those dreadful tyres. You dare not get off the racing line because you run the risk of having to drive over a carpet of Pirelli droppings.

DRS has to go. And if we really have to have these tyres then at least give the teams more sets.

Enough for now. I am off to fit some new Bridgestones on my car today.

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Good luck with the Bridgestones. They will last you a lifetime………just dont expect overtaking.

Last season saw more great races than all the races from your examples put together 1998 to 2007. If you miss processional racing then go watch some classics from Magny Cours, Barcelona, Hungary, Jerez and my old favourite track Estoril during the 1990’s, 2000’s……..

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Mike from Colombia

Last year’s races were “exciting” because they were unpredictable. It was not “racing” though.

You can forgive the Pirellis a little. However, while DRS exists there will be no true overtaking.

26

I would never-ever agree on anything with Jacques. I never know what kind of agendas he has got in his mind.

27

Mike just to play Devil’s advocate to your post.

Do you not make the point for the FIA and Formula 1 that the racing had become stale? You list these great races but they are years and even a decade apart.

I must be honest and say that no I have not seen every race for 20-50 years like many of you. I am desperately trying to fix that but alas F1 must feel like there is not a market for throwing all of the old races up on Itunes.

One thing I do see a trend of from the veteran’s is that even in the halcyon day’s of old a true overtake was a rare thing and a great race was even rarer. To me this is not much different and I must say I wish DRS were added to IndyCar road races and Kers as well.

Well while we are on Indycars make the cars look better than that monstrosity Dalara is rolling out there.

I just know that every race this year has been intriguing and made me think and look forward to so far. Maybe in 20 years when DRS is long gone I will be posting on here that they need to bring back DRS and get ride of these turbine’s and solar panels and batteries.

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Mike from Colombia

I just remember when an overtaking manoeuvre was actually an overtaking manoeuvre. Not tyre degradation or DRS.

And I preferred watching those last 5 laps of Schumacher desperately trying to overtake Alonso at Imola 2005 as opposed to the free for all flypasses that we see now.

You get one move to defend against a guy coming up on you on a straight at 15km faster? That is not overtaking – it is basically lane discipline that you would perform on your average motorway. There is no more real cat-and-mouse. It is slow lane and fast lane. Good tyres or bad tyres.

The pre-DRS world was so much better. Now we only get to see true overtaking a couple of times a year – up the hill at Eau Rouge.

Only qualifying is really satisfying to watch now. Cars in full flight. And even now this has become a joke.

In my opinion, DRS was the most radical change in F1’s history. A real watershed moment. Up until then overtaking was an art. It’s now basically a right of the person behind you – all other factors being equal.

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I think you have selective memory as we all do about years gone past.

The race now to the DRS line and the strategy of when to use DRS where there are 2 DRS zones present is beyond fascinating.

It took me a few races to understand that. I also love the tire strategy.

In days gone by F1 had differences in engines and chassis and suspensions and fan cars and now it is DRS, KERS, and tear away tires.

I only ask you and all the others that hate today’s racing to take a step back and look at what is there instead of what you wished was there.

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Hi James,

For what it is worth I am in the camp that these tyres are silly. I understand all the arguements and know that the teams will get on top of them but I think that at the moment these opening races are too much.

I am sure that come the summer the issue will have gone away but I just would like f1 to be slightly more pure. Whilst I admit watching Vettel hunt down Hamilton was exciting it was more exciting because of the consequences rather than it being a thrilling battle. I think for me that this is the distinction. If Vettel had passed Hamilton it would of been a big moment as it was for the podium place. However in contrast to Austin last year a battle that lasted a whole race and had one key moment where Hamilton struck in decisive manner. That for me was far more gratifying. I’m also thinking about India where Hamilton failed in his charge at the end to get Webber? A full out battle that a locked wheel at the tight hairpin ended up costing him.

Finally I would say that I’m ok with DRS. Although, at the moment with these tyres I would say its unnecessary.

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What a happy podium! All earned their spot and no awkwardness. Plus my 3 fave drivers, though as a Ham fan wanted him to win, though towards the end was happy for him to be just on that podium. That was one longggg final lap!!

Webber- I mean that wheel was so close to target-SV 🙂

Riccardo- defo going to RB next year him and Marko look tight!

Perez- I mean come on Macca, if you getting a pay driver at least get one that can drive!

Massa- what is going on ?

Button- are we fighting? Wish he fought to keep his beard 🙁

Force India – well that’s a team battle to keep an eye on too!

Gutierez- underage drivers in F1?!

Suzi perry\bbc1 forum- don’t like it.

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Mike from Colombia

Perez – what a mistake McLaren made in signing him. When Lewis left them, McLaren acted like a hurt girlfriend being dumped and on the rebound. Immediately found someone else to go out with – regardless of who it is. That McLaren seat is one of the most coveted things in F1. McLaren should have had more respect for the seat.

Suzi “Gadget Show” Perry is not up to the job.

If I was Lee McKenzie I would be thinking about taking the Beeb to a tribunal. She was more than good enough for the role.

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agree 100%%%%

34

McLaren need Kobayashi…

Perez is beyond a joke… he should be at least 2 tenth quicker then Button. Button is known to be a slow driver.

Whitmarsh must lose his job – he does not have a clue about racing.

35

McLaren needs Raikkonen and the right engineers to make a competitive car

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Kimi and the corporate world of McLaren do not gel well.

Lotus is definitely the right environment for him – and he is doing well there.

McLaren need the services of an aggressive driver, and the only driver close to what Hamilton could do was Kobi.

Engineers need quality data from drivers that are on the limit of the car’s capabilities.

[mod]

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There is no combination more frightening than Kimi & Mclaren. I see Mclaren altering ‘certain rules’ to accommodate ‘their’ beloved Finn.

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Very impressive performance by Alonso indeed – perhaps a bit of good fortune in encountering traffic at a point where he could muscle his way past rather than get bottled up, but he drove a very controlled race and did everything he needed to. Thoroughly deserved victory.

Have to say, though, if things carry on this way I think Raikkonen may be hard to beat in the title race this season (which is not what I expected to say going into it). Considering his balance issues after that Perez pratfall (for which Perez provided a somewhat unconvincing explanation, I have to confess), his performance was very strong indeed and while we don’t know enough about how much Alonso was cruising towards the end I think it would have led to a much tighter battle for the victory had that prang not happened. More to the point, Kimi seems to be able to pull results out of the bag even in difficulties, like last season. I’m probably jinxing him now by saying it, but I’d say he’s my shout for the title this year if things continue like this.

Other than that, good drive from Hamilton again, decent salvage job from Vettel but a lot of thinking to do for Red Bull over the next week, and good drive from Button as well. Massa’s drop in pace was disappointing to see, but given the team’s comments about it being almost apologetic I wonder if a set-up glitch was to blame – he certainly seemed racy enough on the softs. Ricciardo drove very well indeed, and Rosberg was unlucky to have to retire after showing decent pace. Big disappointments of the day though were Perez, Sutil and Gutierrez – Sutil less so than the others although nearly taking out his teammate was pretty daft, but certainly not a good day in the office for either Mexican.

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Perez may not have exspected to be overtaken on that side in that way because he has not the skill or talent to be looking for the pass , it reminds me of a pass kimi made on shumi last year that blew me away but shumi never hit him , he was a real driver/racer thats the difference (cannot remember the track someone may).

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Button: “Shall I fight him?”

Me from my armchair: “WTF?!?”

> Button summed it up pretty nicely. Everyone is driving his own race. Very disciplined. What’s next? Driving F1 races from the simulator?

I’d like to see the racing spirit back. It shouldn’t be about conserving tires. Instead it should be about harvesting energy and using this to the maximum. Make the tires and the fuel last the distance*. ERS should be the differentiator, not tires. I am allready looking forward to 2014 …

(*) The tiresome tyre changes are creating the wrong environmental image as well. What environmental message are you sending out with tires that only lasts 6 laps?!?

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Great point about the environmental image. They couldn’t pollute more if they ran 500 cubic inch 1200 hp engines.

I am not much on the whole “man made” global warming thing or green thing as there is so much trouble with the data there but the eviro’s must go apoplectic with all that clag on the track.

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Well I will just skip through the almost 300 post mostly complaining about the DRS or the Tires.

For me I love the DRS, the number one reason I never caught on to F1 was it was even more boring than NASCAR. Very little passing and the races mostly won in the pits before the race ever started.

The new approach to tires could be tweeked but F1 races are so short compared to racing in the US I think they have it pretty close.

Sebastian Vettel to Christian Horner: “Here is an abacus for you mate apparently your fancy computers can’t figure out the importance of 7pts.”

I stand by my position that RBR’s decision to let Webber win in Malaysia was a terrible decision and only one race later we see why. With Webber’s DNF those points would just be wasted.

Wished Hamilton would have won but that was a fantastic race and I thought it was extremely exiting and entertaining. Looks like the Renault powered cars need to find some speed somewhere though. While I don’t expect Ferrari to be organized enough to truly threaten for a title they could since they obviously have one of the fastest cars.

I love football too, the Dallas Cowboys are my favorite team :).

James it is my understanding that F1 cars have a pretty small amount of torque, can you give me an idea how much torque they actually have?

43

One last thing I forgot is that Suzie Perry came accross as either arrogant or and “obliv-iote” at Malyasia constantly getting in the TV shot of Will Buxton’s interview with Christian Horner while she was waiting for her turn. Quiet rude.

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There is a thing that I meant to ask James and everybody here in respect of Webber’s fuel problem on Saturday.

We know that the team can see the fuel level in the car when they race, and they ask the driver to save more fuel. Why didn’t they saw Mark’s car didn’t had enough fuel as soon as it left the garage?

If they have this ability to see the fuel left in the tank at any point during the GP, they must’ve seen he left the pits under-fueled.

45

Good point. I’d like to hear the answer to that too.

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Tornillo Amarillo

I like Hamilton, I don’t like McLaren, I don’t mind Vettel, I acknowledge Alonso, but I will vote Kimi Driver of the Day.

That’s my statement 🙂

47

I think it was a quite interesting race.

Abt the tyres – calm down guys the team will get a grasp on them very soon.Today Vettel did 5 qually laps with very good pace on softs !

Best driver – cant decide but all top 5.

WDC will be between these two guys.

Bahrain will be quite interesting as Pirelli will bring Softs and Hards.

48

Whats the reason behind the Ferrari’s great starts?

Considering how important the starts are, I would have supposed the other teams would have caught up with them as far as launch controls go. Its been the same way for more than an year. Surely the genius brains at Red Bull, Mclaren, Merc can figure it out.

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Thats to do with Renault. Its safe to say whatever area of the car Adrian Newey ISNT involved with is perfectly legal……………………that incudes engine, steering wheel, seat, tyres and drivers drink bottle!!!

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