Buckets of rain! Many safety cars! Cars sliding off everywhere! None of that happened this year, a fairly dry Malaysian GP with just a damp start. Sebastian Vettel won from pole position for the 20th time, behind just Ayrton Senna (29 wins from pole) and Michael Schumacher (39 wins from pole). Webber won’t be pleased however, he could have won his 10th race at his 200th Grand Prix had Vettel followed orders.
Lower down the grid Jules Bianchi continues to impress, qualifying and finishing first of all the new teams. A few tenths quicker in Q1 and Bianchi could have outqualified Valtteri Bottas and Jean-Éric Vergne. Stick a Ferrari engine in the Marussia and I definitely think Jules would be making Q2 and scoring points, even with the Cosworth I still think he will score a point this year at some point.
The fastest lap of the Malaysian GP went to Sergio Pérez thanks to a very late pitstop, his second, the first came last year in Monaco. A lot of stops in the race, most drivers opting for 4 stops, which could have been a 3 stop if it started dry.
In the Drivers’ Championship Vettel leads, Räikkönen second and Webber third. Felipe Massa is ahead of Fernando Alonso in the championship for the first time since the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix. Red Bull and Ferrari have switched 1st and 3rd around in the Constructors’ Championship, Lotus staying 2nd and McLaren dropping behind Sauber for 7th.
The stats are still a little short for now, sorry about that but as the season goes on they will get better and longer. The Chinese GP is a few weeks away so before then I hope to have a few more posts up with some other F1 stats. Suggestions would be quite nice as I’m running low on ideas, comment below if you have any good ones.