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Malaysia 2013 - Rate the race // Rate the tense and unpredictable race at Sepang

Published by Christine Blachford

It was a race weekend we thought would be dominated by rain, but in fact, the action was overshadowed by all the drama within teams. Team orders, now legal, have caused friction on many an occasion, but behind all that, there was some great racing to behold - overtaking moves aplenty, changes of leader, and several incidents throughout.

Rate the Malaysian GP

Rate the Malaysian GP

139 votes

It was a race of thirds, really, with the first section intriguing for its retirements and squabbles for early position. The middle third quietened down, although there were still pit stop problems aplenty, and a few more retirements on top. The final third was where it all kicked off, team radio from frustrated drivers and placating race engineers, cars side by side for corner after corner. In summary, a frenetic race, but how does it rate amongst your favourites?

As mentioned above, the team orders situation became apparent at not one, but two teams this weekend. Mercedes and Red Bull both had to fight their drivers over the radio, to very different conclusions.

Rate Vettel's actions on Sunday

162 votes

Sebastian Vettel wasn't a popular figure on the podium, with teammate Mark Webber visibly distressed at the actions that had unfolded towards the end of the Malaysian Grand Prix. An apparent agreement between them was ignored, so that Webber lost the lead to his teammate, and the tension remained palpable throughout the post-race coverage. He has since apologised, but is that enough from the German triple champion?

Rate Mercedes' use of team orders

149 votes

Team orders overshadowed much of the racing at Sepang, with Nico Rosberg the unfortunate recipient of some bad news over the team radio. He was forced to hold station behind Lewis Hamilton, despite the latter having to drive slower and slower due to a worrying fuel situation. Rosberg dutifully complied, but were Mercedes being a bit too over-cautious?

As well as the relationship drama, there were also a lot of good drives throughout the field. Where would you place your driver of the day vote, those who managed their tyres well, those who fought for position on track, or someone else?

Who was your driver of the day in Malaysia?

  • Mark Webber

    66%
  • Lewis Hamilton

    4%
  • Nico Rosberg

    14%
  • Jean-Éric Vergne

    0%
  • Other

    16%

154 votes

Finally, a couple of items on the management of the weekend - from the FIA's insistence of including double DRS wherever possible, to the apparent lack of interest from stewards. They'll claim they have more information than we do, but I certainly saw a few things that could have done with investigating!

Were stewards vigilant enough with penalties?

105 votes

We saw quite a few seemingly unsafe releases in the pitlane, but only one of those was flagged up for investigation, and that was to be decided after the race. Were the stewards too busy looking in the other direction, or were the pit lane releases not as bad as they looked on TV? We haven't had much steward interference in the past two races, but should there have been more?

How did double DRS work out in Malaysia?

111 votes

The FIA are trying to bring at least two DRS zones to each circuit that they can, and Sepang was the latest to feature double DRS. Here we had two distinct zones, one immediately after the other. On occasion, we saw a driver take a position only to have it snatched right back in the following zone. Was double DRS in the right place in Malaysia, and was it the correct choice for this circuit?

You're welcome to vote anonymously, but on the flip side, feel free to share your choices and thoughts in the comments, as we analyse what was an intense weekend in Malaysia.

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