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2015 Malaysia Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: We said Albert Park is never a good indicator of the season to come. That turned out to be very true. However, we also don't think Ferrari has completely caught up to Mercedes just yet. Nonetheless. their performance adds an interesting wrinkle to this young season.

EVENT: Once again, another race in Malaysia ... with no fans.

QUALIFYING: The weather doesn't matter to Hamilton but it does for Vettel, Raikkonen gets caught out, and Rosberg is beginning to lose his mojo.

RACE: An extremely intriguing race of strategy while you kept waiting for Mercedes to exert their power.

TRACK: Well, it didn't rain...

START: Hamilton is perfect, Vettel is aggressive, Rosberg is conservative, and Hulkenberg is amazing.

VETTEL: Now, we have to rethink everything we thought about Sebastian last year.

RAIKKONEN: Considering his luckless qualifying and the flat tire, this was a fantastic drive for Kimi.

FERRARI: We knew they were much better than last year. But we didn't think they were this much better this soon.

HAMILTON: There will now be some red, besides silver, in your mirrors.

ROSBERG: Nico, stop worrying about whether Ferrari can be competitive. Worry about whether you can beat Lewis again.

MERCEDES: They panicked and choked under pressure, causing poor decisions.

BOTTAS: Good to see Valtteri healthy and fast.

WILLIAMS: They may have just dropped to being the third best team.

VERSTAPPEN: A fine drive for the 17-year-old.

SAINZ: A fine drive for the other youngster.

TORO ROSSO: Are they now the senior team?

KVYAT: Is Daniil now the Ricciardo of 2014?

RICCIARDO: Is Daniel now the Vettel of 2014?

RED BULL: Dear Red Bull, your junior team is better than you. Get a clue. It's not (just) the engine. It's (also) your car!

RENAULT: Giving it right back to Red Bull.

GROSJEAN: That had no hope of working.

ALONSO: Welcome back, Fernando. For a whole 21 laps...

HONDA: Ooh, they are not as slow this race. We feel all tingly inside...

MANOR: We guess it's progress. Maybe next time, you will actually get two cars to start. But don't worry, once you get it all sorted out, beating McLaren is a very attainable goal...

MERHI: Roberto, you started the race. And finished it!

STEVENS: Poor, Will. Still has yet to turn a qualifying lap, let alone a race lap.

ERICSSON: How many gravel traps are there at Sepang? Yet, you found one.

FIA: Once again, the Stewards have their collective heads up their butt. Grosjean put himself in no-man's land and Hulkenberg is not capable of making his car disappear.

GERMAN GP: A goner!

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Scuderia.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 17 years, 180 days -- The youngest points getter which is yet another record set by Verstappen which will likely never be broken with the new FIA rules. Next record available -- youngest podium.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 38 -- Sebastian Vettel becomes the 38th Ferrari driver to win a Formula 1 race. It is the second Italian team he has won with, gaining his maiden victory with Toro Rosso. He is the third German to win with Ferrari along with (obviously!) Michael Schumacher and Wolfgang von Trips. The first driver to win with Ferrari is José Froilán González in 1951 at the British GP, which was also Ferrari's first pole position.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: From the pit wall after the checkered flag, "Ferrari is back!"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Sebastian Vettel putting it all in perspective, "I was shitting myself in final laps."

SCHEDULE: We can't wait for China to see if the Mercedes-Ferrari battle is truly a mano a mano duel.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Vettel 56
2. Hamilton 56
3. Rosberg 56
4. Raikkonen 56
5. Bottas 56
6. Massa 56
7. Verstappen(R) 56
8. Sainz(R) 55
9. Kvyat 55
10. Ricciardo 55
11. Grosjean 55
12. Nasr(R) 55
13. Perez 55
14. Hulkenberg 55
15. Merhi(R) 53
NC Maldonado 47
NC Button 41
NC Alonso 21
NC Ericsson 3
  Stevens(R) DNQ

Time of Race
1:41:05.793

Margin of Victory
8.569 sec.

Safety Car
1 for 3 laps

Lead Changes
5 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton

Fastest Race Lap
Nico Rosberg

Pole Position
Lewis Hamilton

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Hamilton 43
2. Vettel 40
3. Rosberg 33
4. Massa 20
5. Raikkonen 12
6. Nasr(R) 10
  Bottas 10
8. Ricciardo 9
9. Hulkenberg 6
  Verstappen(R) 6
  Sainz(R) 6
12. Ericsson 4
13. Kvyat 2
14. Perez 1

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 76
2. Ferrari 52
3. Williams 30
4. Sauber 14
5. Toro Rosso 12
6. Red Bull 11
7. Force India 7
 
 

2017 Thoughts
Australia China Bahrain Russia
Spain Monaco Canada Azerbaijan
Austria Great Britain Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2016 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Russia Spain
Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
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
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
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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