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Fernando Alonso wins rain-hit Malaysian Grand Prix // The race was red-flagged due to poor conditions

Published by Christine Blachford

Fernando Alonso wins rain-hit Malaysian Grand Prix
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This is F1Minute - Fernando Alonso wins rain-hit Malaysian Grand Prix.

The rain finally came down in Malaysia, with the Grand Prix underway in damp conditions. We managed to see just eight laps before it was red flagged due to the poor visibility. Up until that point, Lewis Hamilton had managed to maintain his lead, whilst Michael Schumacher and Romain Grosjean collided. The Lotus driver was knocked out of the race.

After about an hour’s delay, the race began again behind the safety car. When the action resumed proper, Jenson Button crashed into Narain Karthikeyan, forcing an extra pit stop which ruined his afternoon. Vettel would also repeat this with Narain later, although he did not fall quite so far. There was just one other retirement to add to the list, Kamui Kobayashi, who came into the pits with brake trouble. Maldonado also halted early with engine failure, but he’d done enough to be classified.

Some pit stop strategy, and decisions on when to change tyres, saw Fernando Alonso into the lead with Sergio Pérez chasing him. Lewis Hamilton had to settle for third.