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Kimi Raikkonen claims day one honours at Malaysian Grand Prix.

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Ed - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 12:20 PM

Massa better hold his pace or he'll force Ferrari to make another 'strategy mistake'. He'd better not out qualify Alonso either 'cause we all know how prone to chucking a tantrum he is... then again, maybe he'll just order Massa to crash to help him get an advantage during the race.

GO KIMI!!!! Really happy you're back!!!!!! Please don't lose interest again 'cause you're the only interesting driver left!

Westy - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 3:12 PM

Surely Ferrari want to make it easy for themselves so why do they keep giving alonso number 1 status .. Massa is obviously fast this season and good on him for getting himself bak on fire the team need to look at this and realise massa is as fast asif not faster than alonso at the mo .. Hope mass beats him this weekend . Merc to qualify behind force India i hope not but there looking quick .. Vettel or Kimi for pole role on tomorrow ....

Ed - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 3:19 PM

My guess is that Alonso must have a water tight contract with Ferrari to remain the #1 driver and avoid the situation that he had with Hamilton and Raikkonen had with Massa (2008). So even if Massa is faster, Ferrari has no choice but support Alonso... especially since he's ahead in the standings (even if by Ferrari's own actions).

Ed - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 3:33 PM

Lots of ppl are talking about how Felipe is driving well this year but last week was actually the 3rd time in a row he out qualified Alonso. If you look at the races since Japan last year, Massa actually should have scored more points than Alonso but failed to do so because Ferrari (rightly so!) intervened in order to help Fernando on his tittle chase.

I don't mind Fernando as driver, he is REALLY good! But he lacks the charisma and the ethics to make me a fan.

Undapakru - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 4:19 PM

Ed.. imagine you are Fernando.. coming after a torturous year with Mclaren then wasting another 2 years at renault (until Ferrari make space for him).. will it make sense for you to go with a "water tight contract"?

Coming to ethics, I feel its mostly perception.. all of the news articles are conveniently altered/tailored by media to run their agenda and most of "us" (fan boy of one or another driver) write comments on it, not seeing/knowing the actual conversation/event.

findone - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 5:36 PM

Let's be serious. Alonso went to pits before schedule because he was in traffic. He made a bet, and turned out to be good. Had the tires not lasted, he would have make 6th to 8th. Massa did not take risks, he did not need them. But as sometimes happens, it may not pay off to be conservative. Button last year sometimes took similar risks and did benefit from them. Then he was a genius. But now it is simply that Ferrari has team orders to benefit Alonso and Vettel? against Massa

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