Grand Prix 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

The first race of the season has just finished and what a race it was. Exciting from start to finish. Nice battles. Three World Champions on the podium. And the good thing is, there is another Grand Prix in just seven days time in Malaysia!

Having won in Melbourne, Kimi Räikkönen will go into the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix leading the World Driver's Championship. His Lotus car looked as though it was treating the new Pirelli tyres better than any other car/driver-combination, managing to win the race with only two stops. Can they keep this good initial form up?

Red Bulls pace didn't look too frightening in Melbourne. Mark Webbers race was ruined by his (usual) bad start, which apparently was caused by a software issue. Sebastian Vettel finished third. Let's see if they'll be able to fight for the win in Malaysia, where temperatures should be significantly higher than in Australia.

McLaren had a poor race (as expected). Jenson Button just finishing within the points. Sergio Perez' terrible qualifying led to him finishing just outside the points. Jenson sounded pretty pessimistic after the race about short term improvements. So we shouldn't expect a strong performance from them in Malaysia. But one never knows.

Mercedes had a pretty good start to the 2013 F1 season. Even though Nico Rosberg retired in the middle of the race, Lewis Hamilton was able to qualify third and finish fifth, which in his own words was more than expected. He seemed very upbeat about the car's performance, so there is probably more to b e expected from them. Considering McLaren's early form, his switch to Mercedes seems to have worked out.

Ferrari had a very strong race, leading the constructor's championship after Fernando Alonso finished second and Felipe Massa finished fourth. Alonso was strong as usual, but it was Felipe Massa who looked really impressive. After outqualifying his teammate, he was able to keep Alonso behind him for the first part of the race only losing the battle against Alonso due to a poor pit stop strategy. They're in for a pretty strong season.

In the midfield battle it was Force India who looked mightily impressive with Adrain Sutil leading the race twice and finishing seventh after his last stint was compromised by the quickly deterioating super soft tyres. Let's see if they can keep up their good form in Malaysia.
Sauber only started the race with one car as Nico Hülkenberg was unable to start due to a fuel pump problem. Esteban Gutierrez looked rather anonymous during the race. They'll be hoping for a more competetive outing in the next race.
Williams didn't look too strong with Pastor Maldonado calling the car "undriveable" and retiring after beaching his car in turn one. Rookie Valtteri Bottas finished 14th not living up to the high expectations people put on him. Let's see, if they will be able to make short term improvements for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Toro Rosso looked strong during Free Practice and parts of qualifying but only managed to finish 9th with Jean Eric Vergne. Daniel Riccardo, who told media before the race that he will have to "blow Vergne away" in order to get a shot at the Red Bull seat for 2014, retired from the race.

In the battle of the "new teams" it was Marussia who looked to have the upper hand over Caterham, with Jules Bianchi appearing to be strongest of the four backmarkers.

Can Kimi Räikkönen make it two out of two? Are McLaren going to be as poor as in Malaysia? Will Nico Rosberg come back strongly after his retirement? And most imprortantly: What about the weather?

This week is going painfully slow. I was ready for Malaysia hours after Oz. As far as I'm concerned there is no other sporting event that can sustain such an incredible level of intensity for so long. Modern F1 coverage is remarkable too now in that you almost never miss a thing.

Monsoons stay away!!!
mmmm i really hope they let them race,thats all i care!! whatever the conditions are. cause i dont wanna stay up all night and then go to work if a didn get to see nothing! wont be worth it!! jojo
Latest forecast - Yayyyyy let's stage an F1 race in Monsoon season....... :givemestrength:

That opening was a bit unfair on Bottas, it was a tough and unusual weekend all round. He beat his team mate in qualy and he brought the car home unlike Maldocarcruncher; so basically a reasonable debut for a mid-field team. It will be good to see him in a few GPs time with a dry track.

BTW - do people outside the US still use Farenheight???
The forecast for Saturday now seems to be thunder storms as well. It looks in general like the mornings will be dry but the afternoons wet, so there's a chance practice 1 and practice 3 might be dry but the rest is probably going to be wet I think.
Well if Bernie will insist on moving the time of the race to the precise time of day it always rains then I would expect it to I dunno rain maybe.... :dunno:

Bernie is a much misunderstood fellow, don't you know? :thinking: He only has our (his fellow Brits) best interests at heart! :rolleyes:

After all, we are such fickle F1 fans that there's no way we're going to get up in the middle of the night to watch! :dunno:

DOH! :crazy: ...... It really should be same local time for all races - but I also think all footie should be Saturday at Three. :yes:
When the race was basically washed out in 2009 it seemed common sense would prevail and the race should not take place in the evening during Monsoon season. Well, the ratings boost from casual fans must have overridden that conventional wisdom.
Somehow I don't expect seven different winners in seven races this season, but as you say a new winner and new podium finisher ir two would be nice. Having said that I won't hold it against Kimi if he does it again.:)
In Oz, there is an expectation that all sports occur in the middle of the night and that should you arrive at work dishevelled with blood shot eyes, its sort of ok!

For Malaysia though its a 7pm kick off here which is just great, at least we get a few GPs at a sensible time!
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