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2012 Formula 1 : Alonso wins Malaysian GP

Written By Nathen Bridgwater on Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 5:40 AM

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012             


SEPANG, Malaysia : March 25, 2012 - Ferrari's Fernando Alonso scored a dramatic victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday when the Spaniard denied Sauber's Sergio Perez a first Formula One triumph in a race turned on its head by the weather.

 The race started in torrential rain and was stopped for 51 minutes after eight laps but Alonso took charge on its resumption to register a shock 28th career victory in a car that had been outpaced in qualifying in the opening two rounds.

"A big surprise today the win," championship leader Alonso told reporters. "Our goal was to score as many points as possible. An unbelievable result, a great job from the team."

Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton repeated his third place finish from the opening race of the season in Melbourne last weekend, with Red Bull's Mark Webber in fourth and 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen fifth in his Lotus.

Australia race winner Jenson Button and world champion Sebastian Vettel both suffered mid-race collisions with the HRT of Narain Karthikeyan and finished outside the points.

Alonso started the race in eighth place but worked his way up to fifth by the red flag, passed Webber soon after the resumption and capitalised on a well-timed pit stop to get past Hamilton.

The double world champion overtook Mexico's Perez on the 17th of the 56-lap race and after initially dropping back, the Sauber closed to within a second of the Ferrari in the late stages and was on course to secure an unlikely victory.

His dreams of becoming the first Mexican to record a Formula One since 1970 were shattered with five laps remaining, however, when he ran wide on turn 13 and slipped too far behind Alonso to catch him before the chequered flag.

"I knew I had to get him soon because in all the high speed corners I was losing my front tyres running behind him," said Perez, who was ordered by Ferrari-powered Sauber to "be careful" just before the error.

"Then I ran wide in the quick left hander. I touched the kerb and I went onto the dirty side of the track. It was completely wet and I lost the win."

Nevertheless it was Sauber's best result as an independent team as Perez scored more points in one race than he did in the whole of last season.

Hamilton looked dejected after he slipped from pole to third just like in Australia but this time, the 2008 world champion was delighted to just finish in the points.

"I can't complain as I'm on the podium for the second weekend in a row. I was able to stay out of trouble with the conditions. We did a great job," he said.

The Mercedes duo of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg flattered to deceive for a second race in a row, struggling all day in the conditions to finish 10th and 13th respectively after looking quick in qualification.

2012 Formula 1 : Malaysian Grand Prix race result


Pos
No
Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1
5
Fernando Alonso Ferrari
56
2:44:51.812
8
25
2
15
Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari
56
+2.2 secs
9
18
3
4
Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
56
+14.5 secs
1
15
4
2
Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault
56
+17.6 secs
4
12
5
9
Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault
56
+29.4 secs
10
10
6
19
Bruno Senna Williams-Renault
56
+37.6 secs
13
8
7
11
Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes
56
+44.4 secs
14
6
8
17
Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari
56
+46.9 secs
18
4
9
12
Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes
56
+47.8 secs
16
2
10
7
Michael Schumacher Mercedes
56
+49.9 secs
3
1
11
1
Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault
56
+75.5 secs
5
12
16
Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari
56
+76.8 secs
15
13
8
Nico Rosberg Mercedes
56
+78.5 secs
7
14
3
Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
56
+79.7 secs
2
15
6
Felipe Massa Ferrari
56
+97.3 secs
12
16
21
Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault
55
+1 Lap
19
17
24
Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth
55
+1 Lap
20
18
20
Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault
55
+1 Lap
24
19
18
Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault
54
+2 Laps
11
20
25
Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth
54
+2 Laps
21
21
23
Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth
54
+2 Laps
23
22
22
Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth
54
+2 Laps
22
Ret
14
Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari
46
+10 Laps
17
Ret
10
Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault
3
Spin
6

2012 Formula 1 : Drivers' Championship Ranking


Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
1
Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari
35
2
Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes
30
3
Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes
25
4
Mark Webber Australian Red Bull Racing-Renault
24
5
Sergio Perez Mexican Sauber-Ferrari
22
6
Sebastian Vettel German Red Bull Racing-Renault
18
7
Kimi Räikkönen Finnish Lotus-Renault
16
8
Bruno Senna Brazilian Williams-Renault
8
9
Kamui Kobayashi Japanese Sauber-Ferrari
8
10
Paul di Resta British Force India-Mercedes
7
11
Jean-Eric Vergne French STR-Ferrari
4
12
Daniel Ricciardo Australian STR-Ferrari
2
13
Nico Hulkenberg German Force India-Mercedes
2
14
Michael Schumacher German Mercedes
1
15
Nico Rosberg German Mercedes
0
16
Pastor Maldonado Venezuelan Williams-Renault
0
17
Timo Glock German Marussia-Cosworth
0
18
Charles Pic French Marussia-Cosworth
0
19
Felipe Massa Brazilian Ferrari
0
20
Vitaly Petrov Russian Caterham-Renault
0
21
Heikki Kovalainen Finnish Caterham-Renault
0
22
Narain Karthikeyan Indian HRT-Cosworth
0
23
Pedro de la Rosa Spanish HRT-Cosworth
0
24
Romain Grosjean French Lotus-Renault
0

2012 Formula 1 :Teams' Championship Ranking


Pos Team Points
1
McLaren-Mercedes
55
2
Red Bull Racing-Renault
42
3
Ferrari
35
4
Sauber-Ferrari
30
5
Lotus-Renault
16
6
Force India-Mercedes
9
7
Williams-Renault
8
8
STR-Ferrari
6
9
Mercedes
1
10
Marussia-Cosworth
0
11
Caterham-Renault
0
12
HRT-Cosworth
0

[Source : F1, Super Sport ZA, CRASH.NET]
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