At the start of the race no one would have placed their bets on seeing a scarlet car on the podium let alone winning the race, even Ferrari wouldn’t have bet on Ferrari winning the race, but heavy rain which was followed by a game of tyre poker ensured a Ferrari and Fernando Alonso victory even as Sauber’s Sergio Perez won hearts challenging Fernando Alonso till the end of the race and being the faster of 2 cars almost throughout the race.
The race was well dominated by the McLarens before they lost the plot in tyre strategy and before Jenson Button turned out to be an idiot clipping the back of Narain Karthikeyan’s car who wasn’t a back marker as the Brit tried to pass him and was infact racing for position. This damaged his front wing and he had to pit. Needless to say this cost him the race.
Later on Jenson Button accepted blame for the unfortunate? accident
“I was struggling to keep the tyres up temperature and it was totally my fault,” Button admitted.
“I hit the brakes, I lost the rear. I was struggling to get the car slowed down. I tried to get around the corner but I couldn’t do anything but hit him really.”
Moving onto the happy story of the day though, luck favoured Alonso as the Spaniard even though a full 3 seconds slower than second place Perez on most laps clinched the chequered flag.
“It’s an unbelievable result, a great job from the team,” Alonso said.
“It’s a big surprise to win. We were not competitive in Australia and we were not competitive in qualifying here.”
Sergio Perez on the other hand was disappointed, although the second place result was more than what Sauber Ferrari driver would have ever hoped for, Perez was much faster than Alonso and just couldn’t pass him. In the end it had to do with racing experience which Perez didn’t seem to have a lot of.
“Today a win was possible,” Perez said.
“I was catching Fernando and I knew I had to get him soon because the sectors with high speed I was losing the front tires.
“I touched the curb and I went onto the dirty side of the track. It was completely wet and I lost the win.”
This young lad can go a long way , just needs the right guidance.
Lewis Hamilton in his superfast McLaren was third. The McLarens are easily the pick of all the cars, superfast, super slick, they were off the grid at the start at such a pace that all other cars looked like 800cc cars of the past.
For a more detailed report, you can go through our live blog (previous post).
After Malaysia we head to China now, lets see how the race unfolds in Shanghai !