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Alonso leads McLaren One-Two ,Massa messes

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2007 Malaysian Grand Prix : Race Review and Results
McLaren of Fernando Alonso before start of race

A poor start by the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa was all that was needed by Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton to clinch their first McLaren 1-2 of the season.

Fernando Alonso to his Pit crew after winning :

“It’s been a tough week but thank you very much. We all did it.”

Felipe Massa thoroughly blew his chances when he went wide on the fifth lap( i think) while pursuing Lewis Hamilton. Lewis Hamilton drove pretty good and is look set to prove that Australia was not a fluke. He was able to hold off a charging Kimi Raikkonen during the dying moments of the race. And the hype around this young lad is just destined to grow more and more.

But must say Ferrari must be really disappointed with this debacle, after the excellent qualifying session yesterday, this was the last thing they needed. Lewis was driving much better than Massa and outraced him. The experienced Massa was showing nerves while the rookie Lewis Hamilton looked as cool as a cucumber. Lewis Hamilton also clocked the fastest lap of the race.
Nick Heidfeld in his BMW Sauber scored fourth place ahead of Felipe Massa. Nico Rosberg was unlucky with his Williams retiring on lap 44 with smoke pouring from his Engine, he was in 8th place when this happened. Williams surely have to sort their reliability issues.

Results from the 2007 FIA Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang:

Pos Driver Nat Team Time
1. Fernando Alonso E McLaren-Mercedes 1:32:14.930
2. Lewis Hamilton GB McLaren-Mercedes +17.557
3. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari +18.339
4. Nick Heidfeld D BMW +33.777
5. Felipe Massa BR Ferrari +36.705
6. Giancarlo Fisichella I Renault +1:05.638
7. Jarno Trulli I Toyota +1:10.132
8. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Renault +1:12.015
9. Alexander Wurz A Williams-Toyota +1:29.924
10. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull-Renault +1:33.556
11. Rubens Barrichello BR Honda -1 lap
12. Jenson Button GB Honda -1 lap
13. Takuma Sato J Super Aguri-Honda -1 lap
14. Scott Speed USA Toro Rosso-Ferrari -1 lap
15. Ralf Schumacher D Toyota -1 lap
16. Anthony Davidson GB Super Aguri-Honda -1 lap
17. Vitantonio Liuzzi I Toro Rosso-Ferrari -1 lap
18. Robert Kubica PL BMW -1 lap
DNF Nico Rosberg D Williams-Toyota on lap 44
DNF David Coulthard GB Red Bull-Renault on lap 37
DNF Christijan Albers NL Spyker-Ferrari on lap 8
DNF Adrian Sutil D Spyker-Ferrari on lap 1

Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton, 1:36.701, lap 22 (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes)

Quote of the Day – Lewis Hamilton says he tricked Felipe Massa

“Felipe had a couple of moves but fortunately I was able to trick him into outbraking himself and get my car stopped,”

McLaren’s Rookie Lewis Hamilton.

Tricked Felipe Massa eh ?, With f1 drivers having egos as big as their engines, i can already see Felipe fuming and wanting a piece of Lewis at Bahrain where we head to now for round three of the Formula One 2007 season. The Bahrain Grand Prix is on the 15th of April !

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