We had a very thrilling race today in Malaysia.
Of the grid, Alonso got level with Massa and dived up the inside into Turn 1. Hamilton came from 4th and overtook Raikkonen, he then went up the inside of Massa, to have a McLaren 1-2. A few laps later Massa tried up Hamilton's inside at Turn 4, Massa ran wide, and Hamilton took back 2nd. The next lap Massa tried it again, but left his braking to late and ran wide, he fell to 5th.
By Lap 5, the order was this
On lap 10, Hamilton was keeping Raikkonen at bay, while Alonso pulled 10.2 seconds up the road, the order was Alonso, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Heidfeld, Massa, Kubica, Rosberg, Fisichella, Trulli and Kovalainen in tenth. On lap 11, Rosberg passed Kubica for 6th.
On the 17th lap, Massa pitted from 5th, as did Wurz, Speed and Takuma Sato. On lap 18 Alonso, Raikkonen, Trulli and Davidson, and on lap 19 Ralf Schumacher. Hamilton pitted from the lead on lap 20.
By lap 25, Alonso led Hamilton by 10.8 seconds, and 20 seconds from Raikkonen. On lap 27, Kubica pitted tocahnge a nose. On lap 37, DC retired, when his brake started rubbing on the Sterring Collum. On lap 43, rosberg retired with a Hydralic problem, and smoke coming from the car. On lap 47, Kubica spun into the gravel of Turn 7/8, he brought lots of stone on to the circuit. In the final laps, Raikkonen closed in on Hamilton, but did not overtake. As Alonso crossed the finish line he was very happy, punching the air, and thanking his mechanics for 'a perfect race'. The Ron Dennis told him it was a double celebration, with Hamilton, finishing second.
The final order was this
Pos Driver Team Laps Time/Retired
1 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 56 Winner
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 56 +17.5 secs
3 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 56 +18.3 secs
4 Nick Heidfeld BMW 56 +33.7 secs
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 +36.7 secs
6 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 56 +65.6 secs
7 Jarno Trulli Toyota 56 +70.1 secs
8 Heikki Kovalainen Renault 56 +72.0 secs
9 Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 56 +89.9 secs
10 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 56 +93.5 secs
11 Rubens Barrichello Honda 55 +1 Lap
12 Jenson Button Honda 55 +1 Lap
13 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 55 +1 Lap
14 Scott Speed STR-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap
15 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 55 +1 Lap
16 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 55 +1 Lap
17 Vitantonio Liuzzi STR-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap
18 Robert Kubica BMW 55 +1 Lap
Ret Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 42 +14 Laps
Ret David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 36 +20 Laps
Ret Christijan Albers Spyker-Ferrari 7 Engine
Ret Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 0 Accident
Many Thanks Jon
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