Sebastian Vettel continued his fine start to the new Formula one season with victory in the second race of the season in Malaysia. The German, who started on the grid in pole, ran a measured race on the dry Sepang track to claim his 12th career win and extend his lead at the top to 24 points.
Jensen Button was second for McLaren with Renault’s Nick Heidfeld in third place; Vettel’s Red Bull colleague Mark Webber was fourth.
The Ferrari’s of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso were fifth and sixth with Lewis Hamilton coming home in 7th after suffering tyre problems. Scot Paul Di Resta was the third Briton to make the top ten as he collected a point for Force India.
Vettel’s victory today was all the more impressive as he was without KERS on his Red Bull car for most of the race, a similar fate that bestowed Mark Weber who at one stage had fallen back to 9th.
With just two races gone Vettel looks to be in control of this year championship’s having amassed 50 points already, with Jensen Button his closest challenger The top four is dominated by Red Bull and McClaren
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h37:39.832
2. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 3.261
3. Heidfeld Renault + 25.075
4. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 26.384
5. Massa Ferrari + 36.958
6. Alonso Ferrari + 37.248
7. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 49.957
8. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1:07.239
9. Schumacher Mercedes + 1:24.896
10. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1:31.563
|Driver Team Points|
|Vettel Red Bull 50|
|Button McLaren 26|
|Hamilton McLaren 24|
|Webber Red Bull 22|
|Alonso Ferrari 20|
|Massa Ferrari 16|
|Heidfeld Renault 15|
|Petrov Renault 15|
|Buemi Toro Rosso 4|
|Kobayashi Sauber 4|