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Sebastian Vettel converts his Malaysia pole position into second consecutive win // Red Bull take top honours, as McLaren and Ferrari suffer penalties

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Welcome to F1Minute, it’s the 10th April 2011.

Another race, another Red Bull win, as Sebastian Vettel led the Malaysian Grand Prix from start to finish - taking his fifth victory of six races. Jenson Button finished second for McLaren, with Nick Heidfeld third, picking up Renault’s second podium in a row.

Any threat of rain went away after just a few worrying drops towards the start, and so the main concern was the rate of tyre wear. Mark Webber opted for a four-stop strategy which saw him fourth, whilst Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso also struggled for grip. The pair battled for position during the race, with the Ferrari losing a front wing trying to get past. After the race, they were both penalised 20 seconds, Alonso for the avoidable accident, and Hamilton for weaving when trying to defend against Massa.

Other than that, it was a case of trying to cling on and get to the finish. Retirees included both Williams cars, both HRTs, Jarno Trulli, and Sergio Pérez - who said his car was hit by a falling piece of Sébastien Buemi’s Toro Rosso.