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2011 Malaysia Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Some say Australia never really provides the proper gauge on where teams are in the competitive pecking order. But, it sure looks like Red Bull is still sitting pretty even if the chair is a little shorter.

EVENT: It's one of those races to showcase a country ... and thus paid for by the country. Their willingness to keep paying past 2015 will eventually be determined. Bernie, of course, will still be around to find out the answer.

QUALIFYING: If the top five is the same as the previous race, they should be inverted to add some variety in the proceedings.

RACE: A headache for team strategists.

REGULATIONS: This time the movable rear wing made a big difference. But, is it an artificial, video game gimmick?

TRACK: We haven't seen this many marbles left on a track since the CART days.

START: Heidfeld puts the hammer down, Petrov aggressive as always, Schumacher up to his old self, and Webber farts in the room.

VETTEL: Not as easy as Australia, but 25 points nonetheless.

WEBBER: His strong drive (race's fastest lap) could not overcome a failed KERS and a four stop strategy.

RED BULL: Their Achilles heel appears to be KERS. Not that they really need it...

BUTTON: An excellent race by Jenson who reminded everyone there are two capable drivers at McLaren.

HEIDFELD: Nick restored his number one status on the team by showing Petrov the benefits of smooth driving.

PETROV: Yet, still a strong race by Vitaly. Until he made his customary mistake, went airborne, and busted his steering column.

RENAULT: Kubica must be in total agony knowing the potential he is missing out on.

MASSA: Stuck wheel did Felipe in.

ALONSO: Failed movable wing did Fernando in.

FERRARI: Is the prancing horse now behind Renault, as well as Red Bull and McLaren?

KOBAYASHI: Once again, Kamui provided some exciting moments. And, he got Sauber back some of those points lost in Australia.

HAMILTON: Went off on his crew yet again...

SCHUMACHER: Outqualified by his teammate ... yet again. However, Michael recovered nicely in the race.

BARRICHELLO: Is Rubens finding the new steering wheel too complicated?

KARTHIKEYAN: Why is Narain even back in an F1 car?

TORO ROSSO: The screws are tightening. Who will be out of a ride by mid-season?

HRT: Well ... at least they got to start...

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Marbles.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 13 -- The record for most podiums without winning a race which Nick Heidfeld just set.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Before F1 came to Malaysia in 1999, the 1962-65 (though 1964 was canceled after practice) Malaysian Grand Prix was actually in Singapore on the Thomson Road circuit. At the time, Singapore was part of the Malaysian Federation, before declaring its independence in 1965. The first was won by a Singaporean, Yong Nam Kee, driving a Jaguar. In 1966, Thomson Road held the Singapore Grand Prix while the Malaysian GP was restarted in 1968 at the Shah Alam track.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Jenson Button taking the philosophical look all the tire changing pit stops, "If we had one tire for the whole race and didn't have pit stops, would it be exciting?"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Fernando Alonso calming his crew down during the race, "I'm pushing. I'm pushing. Don't worry."

SCHEDULE: Just five days to turn it around for China, another track where the movable rear wing should play a major role.

Copyright 2011 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.



RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Vettel 56
2. Button 56
3. Heidfeld 56
4. Webber 56
5. Massa 56
6. Alonso 56
7. Kobayashi 56
8. Hamilton 56
9. Schumacher 56
10. di Resta(R) 56
11. Sutil 56
12. Rosberg 55
13. Buemi 55
14. Alguersuari 55
15. Kovalainen 55
16. Glock 54
17. Petrov 52
R Liuzzi 46
R d'Ambrosio(R) 42
R Trulli 31
R Perez(R) 23
R Barrichello 22
R Karthikeyan 14
R Maldonado(R) 8

Time of Race
1:37:39.832

Margin of Victory
3.261 sec.

Safety Car
None

Lead Changes
4 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso

Fastest Race Lap
Mark Webber

Pole Position
Sebastian Vettel

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Vettel 50
2. Button 26
3. Hamilton 22
  Webber 22
5. Alonso 20
6. Massa 16
7. Heidfeld 15
  Petrov 15
9. Kobayashi 6
10. Buemi 4
11. Sutil 2
  Schumacher 2
  di Resta(R) 2

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 72
2. McLaren 48
3. Ferrari 36
4. Renault 30
5. Sauber 6
6. Toro Rosso 4
  Force India 4
8. Mercedes 2
 
 

2016 Thoughts
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2015 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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