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Malaysia Grand Prix: Cock Fights, Radio Disputes…and a bit of racing!

What do i say? I’ve stopped myself writing so far today because I’ve been genuinely upset and slightly enraged by Alonso’s first lap mistake. He is the champion of champions in my opinion, so why did he make that rookie mistake? Had Grosjean secretly swapped cars with the spaniard? Because I’d expect that from him, not Alonso. He doesn’t even seem that bothered by it, ‘Today that I’m not in the podium I’m missing a good moment..! I will try not leave them alone again … ;))) #goodMood‘.

Right…Rant done. I’ll try and move on now. I won’t go over every turn and run out on the gravel traps but I will revel in going through some of the more major themes that engulfed this race.

Vettel Vs Webber is on. It wasn’t the best kept secret that Australian Mark Webber feels a bit pushed out by the team, especially after Helmut Marko’s comments about that ” in comparison with Seb’s rising form, it seems to me that Mark’s form somehow flattens out. Then, if some technical mishap occurs, like with the alternator for example, he falls relatively easily into a downward spiral”.  Watching the podium after the race and even more the cringe-worthy first encounter between the pair before they headed to the podium was funny stuff. Funny stuff for us to watch, embarassing for the team. Time and time again throughout my journalism course it’s been made obvious that public figures don’t want to give away anything in respect of their feelings, so this must be a field day for all sporting journos. I will be the first to admit that I am not a Mark Webber fan. There’s not a month where I don’t read something in a feature where he doesn’t take a swipe at one of his supposed colleagues, and that doesn’t rub too well with me. If he thinks he’s a number 2 driver, either play your role well and help win constructer’s points or do something about it like Felipe Massa at Ferrari. He plays the supporting role when he know’s he has nothing to gain from going out on his own, but when he has the upper-hand, like in the last three qualifying sessions, he excels and only thinks about his race, not what Alonso’s planning.

I thought Mark Webber was going to swing for Vettel, and for two minutes I wouldn’t have blamed him. He won’t get many other chances this year with the stiff competition amongst the top 5 teams. But if you look at it from Seb’s position… Alonso is out, this is the perfect opportunity to captialise on that and make up the extra points, and the seven points difference between 1st place and 2nd is massive as we saw from the race in brazil last season. The title was won by three points! Why shouldn’t he make the move? Webber won’t win the championship at Red Bull. I don’t know why he re-signed in the summer. I’ll make a cheeky guess and say the same won’t be happening this year.

Mercedes seem to have a new apple of their eye. I felt bad for Nico Rosberg, in both races he’s had a better race pace and the raw speed in qualifying but it never correlates when it matters. Even Lewis Hamilton felt bad when he was on the podium, which shows that is was Ross Brawn’s decision to keep Lewis ahead. Why? One of three reasons realistically. It was said in the Mail on Sunday that Lewis asked Bernie Ecclestone to get him a move to Red Bull, and now that he’s at Mercedes, I’m pretty sure he has a contract in place to make sure he remains in the spotlight whilst at the team. Secondly, Lewis was the 2008 Champion. Nico, has never really been even a contender so with money at the forefront of everybody’s mind, a quick-fix would be the best way to remain secure in the sport. Thirdly? The boring statement of Principle of Ross Brawn that as Hamilton had to save on fuel, which was not his fault, his trusty team-mate should back off too. Right decision? Yes, only if Rosberg doesn’t turn into a sour puss like Mark Webber.

McLaren are slowly progressing. But will it be soon enough to salvage the season? Jenson was having a good race in 5th until another hap-hazard pit-stop by the team in which he was let go too soon before the back left tyre was put on properly meant Button was put back down to 15th. A few laps later the team decided to retire him ending in more points being thrown away. As for Checo? I do quite fancy him so i’ll try not and be too biased but like Martin Brundle said in his commentary for SkySports F1, Perez needs to get more possessive of his car, even more brutish. Nico Hulkenburg over-took Perez into the second corner like it was right of passage. If that was my old team and car I was being passed by, I do anything to get back that place to prove a point. Unfortunately McLaren have little to no pace so I think Perez is just trying his best to end the race. It was considered that if he hadn’t won three races by the end of the season, his future would be in doubt and that surely is running through his mind at all times when he is in that car. Does Sergio Perez (who has the same birthday as me) want advice from a girl that can’t drive a car let alone a McLaren? Probably not but it would be just to relax and do with the car what you want. With Button retiring with not much of a struggle it shows that any results either of them get in the first 4 fly-away races will be a surprise.

So the next race in Shanghai will hopefully restore some characteristics of Formula 1. Every prediction I have made so far has been wrong. So why stop? Without even knowing how the final practises will turn out, I will say that Lotus will be in better shape because of the cooler track conditions. McLaren will again show their spirit by battling for a measly few points and Ferrari will hopefully have both cars make it through the first lap. As for Red Bull, who knows who’ll be driving for that team on the 14th April. Maybe Adrian Newy might take a turn if they can’t persuade Webber to get back in the race seat next to Vettel. All I know is, Game On! Make the best man win!

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