Third Time Vettel's Charm in Malay F1GP

Date: 4/5/2010 9:09:51 PM

 
April 4
Third Time Vettel's Charm in Malay F1GP 
By Walter Elliott
 
 SEPANG, Malaysia -- Sebastien Vettel more than showed
 
he can win a FIA F1 race, as long as his Red Bull-Renault
 
RB6 lasts this year, here in the Petronas Malaysian GP
 
Sunday afternoon.
 
 Vettel and Red Bull Racing teammate Mark Webber were
 
never headed during the 56-lap headliner on the Sepang
 
International Circuit. The German outdragged polesitter
 
Webber into the race's first turn and held him off the next
 
23 laps. Webber was unable to capitalize on his lap 24 lead
 
when a problem refitting a wheel nut on his lap 25 pit stop
 
put him 2.5 seconds back.
 
 Vettel captured his first GP victory of the year by leading
 
55 laps and clearing Webber by 4.89 sec. He was polesitter
 
at the previous races March 14 at Bahrain and March 24 at
 
Melbourne, Australia, only to fall out of the lead - and the
 
points - due to separate problems.
 
 A broken spark plug caused Vettel to sputter well behind
 
winner Fernando Alonso and his factory Ferrari at Barhain.
 
An ill-fitting front wheel mount put Vettel in a Melbourne
 
gravel tran, cedeing the victory to defending World
 
Champion Driver Jenson Button and his McLaren-Mercedes.
 
 Second generation driver Nico Rosberg took third in
 
Mercedes' first factory podium since 1955. Robert Kubica
 
(Renault), Adrian Sutil (Force India-Mercedes), Lewis
 
Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes), Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Jaime
 
Alguersuari (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) and Nico Hulkenburg
 
(Williams-Cosworth) completed the top 10 finishers and
 
points earners.
 
 Massa took advantage of teammate Alsonso' lap 54 engine
 
failure to take the drivers points lead. Ferrari remains atop
 
the constructors championship.
 
 FINISH (Running Unless Otherwise Noted): SEBASTIAN
 
VETTEL, Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica,
 
Adrian Sutil, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Jenson Button,
 
Jaime Alguersuari, Nico Hulkenburg, Sebastien Buemi,
 
Rubens Barrichello, Fernando Alonso (lap 54 - engine),
 
Lucas di Grassi, Karun Chandhok, Bruno Senna, Jarno
 
Trulli, Keikki Kovalainen; (DNF) Vitaly Pterov (lap 33 -
 
gearbox), Vitantonio Liuzzi (lap 13 - throttle linkage), 
 
Michael Schumacher (lap 10 - wheel nut), Kamui

Kobayashi (lap 9 - engine pnumatics), Timo Glock (lap 3 -

hydraulics); (DNS) Pedro de la Rosa (engine pnumatics).
 
DRIVER POINTS (Top 10): MASSA-39; Alonso and Vettel
 
(tie)-37; Button and Rosberg (tie)-35; Hamilton-31;
 
Kubica-30; Webber-24; Sutil-10; Schumacher-9. 
 
CONSTRUCTORS POINTS: FERRARI-76; McLaren-
 
Mercedes-66; Red Bull-Renault-61; Mercedes-44;
 
Renault-30; Force India-Mercedes-18; Williams-
 
Cosworth-6; Toro Rosso-Ferrari-2.
 
 


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