McLaren’s extreme troubles in figuring its
new MP4-28 kept new boy Sergio Perez
under the radar in the opening F1 races, but
the Mexican ace did at least score his first
points in Malaysia with a solid run to ninth.
NICO TOES THE LEWIS LINE
Nico Rosberg wasn’t happy at being
ordered to stay behind his Mercedes
teammate Lewis Hamilton on their way to
third and fourth in the Malaysian GP, but
(in contrast to events at Red Bull Racing)
grudgingly did as instructed by master
strategist Ross Brawn, later accepting it
had been the sensible option.
“For the team to want us to bring it
home third and fourth is fully
understandable,” he said, “and I know
if it had been the other way around
they’d have done the same thing.”
Hamilton was a little embarrassed to
be on the podium, saying: “I feel Nico
should be standing here. He had better
pace through the race. We were on the
knife-edge and I’d used too much fuel.”
Brawn added: “On the fuel
management program both drivers ran,
there was no opportunity to challenge the
front two cars. A third and fourth place
finish was an excellent result for the
team and I was not prepared to risk it.”
MErCEdEs dOEs it riGht
“In the end, Seb made his
own decisions today and will
have protection as usual.
That’s the way it goes”
PUNISHED FOR OBEDIENCE!
Fernando Alonso had hoped to build
on his second place in the F1 season-opener in Australia, but in Malaysia he
nudged Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull on
the first lap, damaging his Ferrari’s front
wing. With everyone on intermediate
tires, albeit soon expecting to stop and
change to dry tires, Ferrari asked
Alonso to stay out. The wing broke on
lap two, tucking under the F138 and
sending it into a gravel run-off area.
Team manager Stefano Domenicali
said: “The decision was from the pit
wall. We took a risk that didn’t pay off.”
WHO CALLS THE SHOTS?
The driver who often feels like the unloved stepchild at Red Bull obeys
team orders…and pays the price when he’s duped by his teammate
Controversy over team orders in
Formula 1 is nothing new – “Felipe,
Fernando is faster than you…” – but the
latest has overtones of the Alan Jones/
Carlos Reutemann dispute at Rio in 1981,
or Ferrari’s Imola ’ 82 fall-out.
(ABOVE) “Go on,
mate, explain your
way out of this one…”
(RIGHT) Vettel’s parc
ferme joy wasn’t
convincing; he knew
he was in trouble.
this is awkward...