Grand Prix 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

Speshal

World Champion
Valued Member
Re: 2010 Malaysian GP Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

I enjoyed that

A shower would have spiced things up towards the end and (gritted teeth) Fernando did well without a clutch for the whole race.

Snowy - if you ever type "gotten" again I'll be round with my pinking shears.
 

Brogan

🦶 Leg end
Staff member
Re: 2010 Malaysian GP Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

It looks like Vettel was lucky to escape a penalty for overtaking under yellow flags.

Having received a report from the Race Director that Car 5 Sebastian Vettel overtook Car 18 Jarno Trulli whilst yellow flags were displayed at the approach to Turn 4, the Stewards, having viewed video and telemetry evidence and heard evidence from the Driver and Team Representative, find that the Driver did breach Article 2.4.5.1 b) of Appendix H of the International Sporting Code.

However, the Stewards, having noted that the Driver made a very large reduction in speed through the yellow flag area and that he understood that Car 18 was slowing with an obvious problem, DECIDE in accordance with Article 16.2 a) of the Formula One Sporting Regulations to impose no penalty.
http://www.fia.com/en-GB/mediacentre/f1_media/Documents/mal-document-40.pdf
 

snowy

Champion Elect
Re: 2010 Malaysian GP Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

Speshal said:
Snowy - if you ever type "gotten" again I'll be round with my pinking shears.
Since I am dyslexic I do a pretty good job. Of course you meant to type "gotton instead of gotten" and indeed I wish I had written gotten...

PS: Your next typo will be your last!
 

Matthew Little

Points Scorer
Re: 2010 Malaysian GP Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

This was a pretty good race, all things considered............
~~~Red Bull finally proved they can make it to the end of the race; congrats to Sebby V. on winning at Sepang! :cheer: :cheer:
~~~Both McLaren and Ferrari did well considering the :censored: performance of both teams in qualfying(although it was sad seeing Ferrari's Mosquito Abatement Squadron rear its' ugly head at the end of the race........ :o :o :o )
~~~For once the rain didn't enter into the equation in Sepang(not that it wouldn't have added any more intrigue to the weekend...........there was plenty of that from qualifying!.....) and we got to see what the effects of a mixed-up race grid can do to the overall complexion of the race itself. :)


Anyway, it was a pretty good race and onward to Shanghai!
 

Brogan

🦶 Leg end
Staff member
Re: 2010 Malaysian GP Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

Martin Whitmarsh finally gets it:

"McLaren and Ferrari were guilty of looking at each other as the rain started to fall, instead of concentrating on beating the weaker cars. Whitmarsh said: "Do I feel frustrated by the outcome? Of course. We have learned lessons. The primary one is that in Q1 [the first qualifying session] we are not racing Ferrari, the other big boys. We just need to get through to Q2 and cover the slow cars in those changeable conditions."

With three poor teams among the 12, Hamilton and Button merely have to beat six cars, plus one another, to avoid being among the seven cars that are eliminated before the third qualifying round."


I made the exact same point.
Q1 is largely irrelevant to Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull as it's almost inevitable that the 7 cars going out will be HRT, Lotus, Virgin + 1 other.
 

Muddytalker

Points Scorer
Re: 2010 Malaysian GP Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

To be honest, I was left slightly underwhelmed after that race.
I watched the first 10 laps or so, then had to go out for the day so recorded and watched later.

Maybe it was
a) Expectations raised after Melbourne
b) Disappointment that the rain didn't appear
c) Having already seen most of the action earlier in the day, the anticipation wasn't matched for the remaining 48 laps.

Or all of the above - I still felt the top order was static, and the race win was settled at the first corner, and the overtaking thread shows that most overtakes were due to cars being unnaturally out of position, but I will concede that it might just be my own expectations, and if others thought it was a good race then so be it. There were elements such as Jenson's early stop v Alonso holding out for rain that added intrigue, and Lewis as ever raced well, and I enjoyed Petrov putting up a fight. When you have Ferraris and McLarens not just battling but overtaking each other, then I can't really complain, so I'll give this one the benefit of the doubt.

In terms of 'improved action from years gone by', I'd say the season so far is -1 (Bahrain), +1 (Australia) and neutral (Malaysia).
 

cider_and_toast

Exulted Lord High Moderator of the Apex
Staff member
Premium Contributor
Re: 2010 Malaysian GP Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

That's the rub with Sepang this year. The fact is that the race was made more interesting by so many cars being out of position at the start. The chances are that it would have been more Bahrain and less Australia if it hadn't have been for Mclaren and Ferrari get their just deserts for the ultimate F1 "hare and the tortoise fable".

If China stays dry for the whole weekend then expect to see the status quo well and truly return. Once that happens the calls for change from all quarters will once again be heard from all corners of the sport.
 
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