World Champion Sebastian Vettel has piloted his Red Bull to victory in an incident packed Malaysian Grand Prix.
World Champion Sebastian Vettel has piloted his Red Bull to victory in an incident packed Malaysian Grand Prix. The German ace started from pole, carefully managed his tyres and had enough pace to win by a relatively comfortable four seconds. This was despite having intermittent problems with his KERS power boost. The twenty-three year-old maestro was followed home by Jenson Button's McLaren and Nick Heidfeld's Renault.Vettel's second victory of the season has increased his championship points haul to fifty twenty-four more than Jenson Button who is second with twenty-six. Lewis Hamilton is third with twenty-two after finishing eighth. He actually crossed the line seventh, bu received a twenty second penalty for making more than one direction change while defending against Fernando Alonso. The Ferrari driver received the same forfeit for later striking Hamilton's McLaren. This broke Alonso's front wing so he pitted for repairs. Another thrilling moment came courtesy of Vitaly Petrov. The Russian Renault driver, who recently earned his first F1 podium, ran wide and came charging back across the grass He hit uneven ground and his car took-off like a Boeing 747. The landing was so forcefu the steering column separated from his cockpit. Moments later Petrov ran into a distance marker, finished his in-flight meal, and retired. It was a remarkable sight. Further highlights included Mark Webber's excellent drive to fourth. This was particularly impressive as he was plagued by technical problems. It was also interesting to see the moveable rear wings have their second outing. Under certain circumstances, these can be used to reduce drag and make overtaking easier. They worked in Malaysia, but the fans reaction has been mixed. Some loved it, others thought it made passing too easy. Either way, this controversial technology will be back in action in China. Qualifying is on Saturday April 16th at 7am. The main even follows on Sunday at 8am. My alarm is set.