The Malaysian Grand Prix began with drivers on intermediate tyres, as a rain shower gradually petered out. There was no more rain coming, so tyre management continued to be a priority - drivers opting for either a three or four stop strategy.
Fernando Alonso didn’t get that far, he collided with Sebastian Vettel on the first lap, which dislodged his front wing. He didn’t come in for a new nose, and the wing eventually gave up, sending him off track and out of the race.
Up front, Vettel and Webber battled for position, with Webber gaining the upper hand until Vettel apparently ignored a team order agreement and retook the lead. Behind them, Mercedes had a similar situation, with Hamilton slow in front, and Rosberg dutifully sitting behind, despite airing his frustrations on the radio. The unhappy podium three were Vettel, Webber and Hamilton - who admitted he didn’t feel he should be there.
Force India suffered a double DNF after some serious delays in the pit stop on both cars, whilst Jenson Button also suffered at the hands of the wheel gun and eventually retired from the race.
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References Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel
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