F1: Malaysian GP in six words

By Andy Darley

CalendarSunday, March 23rd, 2008

 
 

Following on from last week’s bit of fun, summing up everyone’s performances in Australia in just six words per driver or team, here’s our look at the winners and losers in Malaysia.

Overall race report

Ferrari fightback gives Kimi comfortable victory

Drivers

1: Kimi Raikkonen
This is more what we expected
2: Robert Kubica
Outpaced McLaren without unduly troubling Ferarri
3: Heikki Kovalainen
Won’t settle for being Hamilton’s sidekick
4: Jarno Trulli
Strong all weekend, fourth on merit
5: Lewis Hamilton
Off pace even without pitstop disaster
6: Nick Heidfeld
First corner impact cost him podium
7: Mark Webber
Solid drive without usual bad luck
8: Fernando Alonso
Establishing himself well in crowded midfield
9: David Coulthard
A cooler performance though sometimes outpaced
10: Jenson Button
Steady race contributes to Honda recovery
11: Nelson Piquet Jr
Unremarkable, but good recovery after Melbourne
12: Giancarlo Fisichella
Drove uncompetitive car to its limit
13: Rubens Barrichello
Fairly anonymous, suffered pitlane speeding penalty
14: Nico Rosberg
Forgettable race even without early incident
15: Anthony Davidson
Beat team-mate, sounded quite perky
16: Takuma Sato
Had traffic, ran wide, still pleased
17: Kazuki Nakajima
Initially racey until puncture, spun later
DNF: Sebastian Vettel
Was holding position when engine blew
DNF: Felipe Massa
Gave more ammunition to his critics
DNF: Adrian Sutil
Another mechanical retirement – hydraulics this time
DNF: Timo Glock
Unlucky exit, dumped out by Rosberg
DNF: Sebastien Bourdais
Philosophical about exit, will learn lessons

Teams

McLaren
Off pace, pitstop wrecked Hamilton’s fightback
BMW Sauber
Unlucky not to get double podium
Ferrari
Dominant weekend, Massa is weak link
Williams
Slumped badly after last week’s celebrations
Renault
Alonso solid, Piquet’s development is crucial
Toyota
Days like this give them hope
Red Bull
Questionable pace but hey – they finished
Toro Rosso
Early crash, blown engine – deja vu
Honda
Not near points, but still encouraging
Force India
Made good choice in signing Fisi
Super Aguri
Stabilising nicely after torrid few months

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