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Crash.net poll: Who was driver of the day in Malaysian GP?

While the team orders row will continue to overshadow the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix, there were some worthy performances on track....
If anyone thought that the Australian Grand Prix possesed drama and an unexpected outcome, it had nothing on round two in Malaysia.

Yes, Red Bull led from the front, but the fall-out from the 'Multi21' issue will rumble on long beyond round three in China, with Mark Webber feeling that he had been robbed of a merited victory, and RBR admitting that there will be 'a meeting' to try and diffuse the tension, as well as regain control of its 'star' driver.....

There will be those, however, who believe that Sebastian Vettel only did what true champions do, showing a ruthless streak and then taking the flak knowing that an extra seven points are already safe in the bank. With Fernando Alonso having ended his race on lap two, following contact with the back of the Red Bull car, the German clearly felt that it was time to make hay.

Webber, meanwhile, was playing it by the book, having used a combination of pace and tyre strategy (as well as great start from fifth on the grid) to get to the front. Following instructions from the pit-wall, he dutifully turned down his engine in a bid to preserve both the RB9 and its tyres - only to find Vettel barrelling down his inside into turn one. His body language - and careful choice of words - on the podium said everything about what he thought of the situation.

Lewis Hamilton also cast a decidedly unexcited figure on the podium, admitting that Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg had probably deserved third spot after pushing him all the way to the line, but under instruction not to pass as the W04s needed to measure their fuel consumption.

Rosberg toed the team line, but left Ross Brawn and co in no doubt that they owed him one should the tables be turned in future.

Felipe Massa's fifth place was remarkable only for the passes he made in recovering positions having been bundled backwards from a spot on the front row of the grid, while Jenson Button probably deserved a top five finish after battling his recalcitrant McLaren prior to a botched pit-stop in the closing stages.

Lotus wasn't as potent as Kimi Raikkonen had shown in Melbourne and the Finn had to follow team-mate Romain Grosjean home in seventh spot - but only after seeing off a feisty Nico Hulkenberg, the German having hauled his Sauber into the points after the personal frustration of a week ago.

Sergio Perez and Jean-Eric Vergne completed the scorers, the Frenchman having come from the lower reaches of the grid and then survived contact in the pit-lane with Charles Pic. Toro Rosso team-mate Daniel Ricciardo had been targeting the top ten but, when he retired, his colleague was there to pick up the baton.

Further back, the star turn was once again Marussia's Jules Bianchi, who again showed his ability by claiming a precious 13th spot for the Banbury squad....

But who impressed you most at Sepang? To have your say, simply pick your favourite from the list here - and don't forget to explain your choice in the comments section....




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23.03.2013- Qualifying, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
23.03.2013, Free practice 3, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8
23.03.2013 - Free practice 3, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber F1 Team C32
23.03.2013- Qualifying, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28
22.03.2013- Free Practice 1, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
23.03.2013, Free practice 3, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
23.03.2013 - Free practice 3, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
24.03.2013- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
24.03.2013- Race, the start of the race
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Crash, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07

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Bradenws

March 25, 2013 8:42 AM
Last Edited 492 days ago

They should have a poll for bonehead of the day. Half the entertainment was waiting for the next example of the "pinnacle" of motorsport. Priceless race. Personally, I have pretty much all of Ferrari atop my dubious podium, just for nobody realizing Alonso's car was definitely unsafe, illegal, or just unfit to continue on track.

FreeJack - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 5:09 PM

@Taipan - Yes, if by "owning" Webber, you mean passing him at full throttle when Webber had established a gap and then turned down his engines to basically "coast" to the finish line, understanding that Vettel had been told to hold station...multiple times. Or maybe you're talking about Vettel getting on the radio to tell his team to make Webber get out of the way for him because he was "too slow" as Webber then put about 3-4 seconds on him over the next 2-3 laps.



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