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2011 Malaysian GP – Race Analysis

Posted in Race Analysis with tags , , , on April 10, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

It was an evening of wonderful driving, wheel-to-wheel racing and many overtaking manoeuvres, a return to the art of the past they call ‘racing’. Sebastian Vettel made it two wins out of two races in the 2011 season, winning an eventful Malaysian GP for the second year in a row, but not before the McLarens, Ferraris and Renaults made him work hard for it. From the moment the five red lights went out, we had battles all through the field, and most of the top 8 drivers seemed to have a chance of winning the race at some point or the other. It would’ve been a wholly different result altogether if the few drops of rain in the middle of the race had continued on to become a typical Malaysian storm.

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2011 Malaysian GP – Race Results

Posted in Race Result with tags , , , on April 10, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel won his second race in a row this year in a fully dry Malaysian GP, ahead of Jenson Button in his McLaren and the extremely impressive Nick Heidfeld in his Renault. Mark Webber recovered from a poor start to fourth at the end of the race, while the Ferraris could muster only 5th and 6th places. Hamilton finished seventh, but was penalised for weaving in front of Alonso and dropped down to eighth behind the plucky Sauber driver Kobayashi.

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2011 Malaysian GP – Qualifying Results

Posted in Qualifying Result with tags , , , , on April 9, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Sebastian Vettel underlined his brilliance as a Q3 specialist once again, snatching pole position away from McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in the dying moments of the qualifying session at Sepang. Mark Webber, despite showing immense pace in Friday practice, could do no better than third, ahead of Jenson Button. The final practice session in the morning led to speculation that the MP4-26 could now take the fight to the brilliant RB7, and the British car lived up to the expectations, pushing Red Bull every inch of the way in Q3.

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2011 Malaysian GP – Saturday Practice Results

Posted in Free Practice 3 Result with tags , , , on April 9, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Lewis Hamilton moved to the top of the timesheets in the morning practice session, displacing Red Bull’s Mark Webber for the first time this weekend. The sister McLaren of Jenson Button was equally impressive in third, although Vettel was held up by traffic on his fastest lap and might have gone faster. The Ferraris put on an improved showing with Alonso and Massa 6th and 8th, but were still some way off the pace.

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2011 Malaysian GP – Friday Practice 2 Results

Posted in Free Practice 2 Result with tags , , , on April 8, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Mark Webber retained his strong Practice 1 form to remain unbeaten in the afternoon session as well, though this time he was almost beaten by Jenson Button’s vastly improved McLaren. Just 5 thousands of a second separated the two drivers, and Lewis Hamilton underlined the British squad’s genuine pace with the third fastest lap. Sebastian Vettel finished fourth fastest to make it two Red Bulls and two McLarens in the top 4. Ferrari drivers Massa and Alonso finished in exactly the same positions as in FP1, and had a disappointing afternoon with traffic and high tyre degradation problems.

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2011 Malaysian GP – Friday Practice 1 Results

Posted in Free Practice 1 Result with tags , , , on April 8, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Mark Webber emerged the fastest driver around Sepang in the first practice session on Friday, just as he had done in Australia two weeks ago,  except that this time, his margin was a whopping 1.665 seconds over second placed Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren. And Webber’s championship leading team mate? Sebastian Vettel was 17th, behind Jarno Trulli’s Lotus. Hulkenberg and Maldonado were in the top five, and Vitaly Petrov was dead last in his Renault. While that might force you to think these times are meaningless, rivals will take Webber’s laptime very seriously indeed.

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F1 2011 Round 02 – Malaysian GP Preview

Posted in Race Previews with tags , , , , on April 6, 2011 by Sundar Shankar

Welcome to Round 2 of the 2011 Formula 1 season – the Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit, Sepang. The 3.44 mile track is the first purpose-built race venue of this season and as circuit designs go, it is certainly one of Hermann Tilke’s better efforts. With two long straights, slow hairpins, several medium speed and fast corners, it is a stern test of a car’s aerodynamic efficiency and mechanical setup. A dry race will shed light on the relative pace of the cars, while a little bit of rain will give us a great race and a chance for someone to stop the Red Bull juggernaut.

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