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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Race prep: Malaysia

For those who felt Bahrain failed to deliver the excitement, Australia more than made up for it.

A first lap shemozzle shuffled things up a bit, but Sebastian Vettel was soon speeding off into the distance as the Red Bull again proved easily the fastest in the field. Unfortunately, for the second straight race, the car let him down, as what was called a brake failure put him out of thhe race.

Jenson Button's superb call to go to slicks before the rest delivered the McLaren driver into the lead as the champion made a statement he should not be regarded lightly.

It certainly proved better than the team's strategy for Lewis Hamilton, which left the Briton airing his frustration in public on team radio.

Second went to Robert Kubica, delivering a great, if surprising, result for Renault, while Felipe Massa took third in the Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher's second race in the comeback delivered an unimpressive 10th, but how much of that can be chalked up to early damage is an unknown. What is know is the likes of
Jaime Alguersuari and Lucas Di Grassi do not appear to be intimidated by the seven-times world champion.

Of the newbies, Karun Chandhok got a few more laps than his one-lap appearance in Bahrain, finishing the race for HRT (though several laps down). Heikki Kovalainen also brought home his Lotus.

Now we are on to Sepang, and the title race is beginning to look exciting.

Formula One - F1

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