An interesting week in F1, Ferrari, generally regarded as lagging behind over the winter, managed to scoop the full 25 points, Jenson Button appeared to have caught whatever ailed Lewis hamilton last season, almost running into the back of his teammate before colliding with an HRT.
Michael Schumacher outqualified his younger compatriot, plonking his Mercedes on the second row of the grid, whilst both Lotuses, Loti? were in the top ten. Webber and Vettel were languishing, well for them, in fourth and seventh and it was all jolly topsy turvy.
Felipe Massa came to Malaysia under his own personal raincloud, an abysmal showing in Australia had brought the rumour mongers out in force, with stories about his impending replacement in the team, with various deadlines and various drivers having been approached to step into his cockpit.
Having qualified way down the field, he had several excursions off the track slipping further and further back from his charging teammate.
Michael Schumacher, once known as the rainmeister, once again showed that he probably is past it, as his and Grosjean’s Lotus spun and collided, pushing Schumi way down the field from where he was unable to make any impression whatsoever, but at least he was still running, unlike Grosjean who once again had qualified brilliantly only to fail to complete the first lap.
Hamilton managed to convert his pole to a lead, but alas the heaven’s opened, first the safety car came out and then the red flags.
Fifty one minutes later the race was restarted, but as everyone dived into the pits at the end of the first and second laps Hamilton emerged third behind Alonso and one Sergio Perez in the Sauber.
And then, the unthinkable. Button had his coming together with Karthikainen, Hamilton just couldn’t find the pace, Webber was holding his own but Vettel suffered a puncture and this chap Perez starts hauling in Alonso’s Ferrari, taking huge chunks out of his lead and consistently setting fastest laps.
The Sauber boys couldn’t believe their eyes. This is a team that is usually happy to sneak into the points and here was their driver battling for the lead.
Maybe nerves got the better of him, for with five laps to go and being right up Alonso’s exhaust, he slipped wide and lost 5 seconds and the race was Ferrari’s.
Interesting to note though that Sauber are powered by Ferrari, Sergio Perez is part of the Ferrari young drivers program and is also the hot tip to replace a certain Mr. Massa, perhaps as early as Monaco.
And after that performance who could say he doesn’t deserve it?