Fernando Alonso has won the Malaysian Grand Prix after a thrilling race in challenging, uncertain conditions. The Grand Prix had been stopped for 40 minutes after a deluge of rain, and provided drivers with immense difficulty upon the restart, with poor visibility and a still soaked circuit.
Sergio Perez claimed a fabulous second place, and will be disappointed that he didn’t get a maiden victory after proving to be much faster than Alonso in the closing laps, before making a costly mistake. Lewis Hamilton was solid in third, whilst last week’s winner, Jenson Button, collided with an HRT and spent the rest of his race scrabbling around in the midfield.
Red Bull were once again short of the top contenders, with Vettel also colliding with an HRT and eventually finishing outside of the points whilst Webber came home fourth.
There was another great showing by a resurgent Williams team, with Bruno Senna racing strongly to claim 6th. Pastor Maldonado was also destined for a points finish before an engine problem retired him. Mercedes drifted badly and were classified in the midfield, Michael Schumacher gaining a solitary point thanks to Maldonado and Vettel’s problems.
A flash in the pan it may be, but Ferrari will be overjoyed with this result. After taking a hammering from the Italian media and being written off in all quarters after their comparably horrendous start to the season, they have gained themselves some much-needed favour and time.