Driver Ratings Malaysia 12, Pt.1 Caterham, Ferrari and Force India.

25 Mar

Heikki Kovalainen: 7/10 Q24 F18

Having had to start with a 5 place grid penalty for a previous safety car infringement Heikki had a dream start to move up to 14th in only 4 laps but then he fell back 21st before the race had to be stopped. As soon as the race restarted he had a period of around 15 laps where no one could tell where he was as he constantly varied between 21st and 16th, sadly he finished a disappointing 18th behind the Marussia of Timo Glock.

Vitaly Petrov: 7/10 Q19 F16

Vitaly was practically anonymous today and must be going home disappointed after having a disastrous few laps to slip down from 14th to 18th, before a late surge brought him back up to finish 16th.

Fernando Alonso: 10/10 Q8 F1   joint driver of the day

This Ferrari is second rate until you put the worlds greatest driver in it and suddenly with a bit of luck Alonso won. Before the race the car was well off the pace, Alonso only took it into the top 10 in practice once and it only just managed to qualify 8th. Alonso had to settle with 5th when the red flag came but a phenomenally quick pit stop (22.864 seconds) gave him first place and then a lot of luck and Alonso magic managed to make it finish that way.

Felipe Massa: 5/10 Q12 F15

He pitted earlier than most and many thought that it could have helped him finish in the points but sadly this was not to be as poor timing for his 3rd stop left him fighting with the midfield. Yet again Massa is well off the pace.

Nico Hulkenburg: 7/10 Q16 F9

Another solid race by the German and after only 8 laps he was running in 11th. But a relatively uneventful final 36 laps saw him finish 9th.

Paul Di Resta: 8/10 Q14 F7

He’s equalised to make it 1-1 in the battle of the two Force India protégés. He was a place behind Nico when the red flag happened but he came out of the 2nd pit stop much higher up which gave him the foundations he needed to finish 7th.

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