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GP Week : Issue 40
>>F1MALAYSIA and Prix, Sepang This just wasn’t to be Toro Rosso’s weekend. Slow in practice, Buemi and Bourdais had little expectation for qualifying. Buemi was slowest of all in Q1, but Bourdais quite incredibly made it through to Q2 to the surprise and delight of the whole team. The race itself was a mixed bag. Buemi retired after changing his nose early Red Bull looked competitive all weekend. Never out of the top ten in practice, qualifying duly saw Vettel and Webber easily make Q3, with the younger of the two, some 10kg lighter on fuel, in third at the end. A 10-place grid penalty held over from Australia made life hard for him in the race. On that light fuel load he flew in the opening part of the race, making up places, It is a testament to the job Williams has done over the winter that the sight of Rosberg in P1 has become the norm in practice. In just two races, it’s no longer a shock and people no longer discount the speed. It appears to be very real indeed. And when Nico flew into the lead from fourth on the grid, and proceeded to pull out a gap over Trulli’s Toyota, there was a Sadly for Force India, a promising first practice session was the best of the weekend for the team. Their performance saw a major nose dive as the weekend went on and they lined up ahead of only Buemi on the starting grid. The duo didn’t seem to feature in the race much, despite the rain often acting as an equalising factor. After the joys of Australia, Brawn’s drivers were in the mood to downplay their advantage on arrival in Malaysia. Sure they’d been fast, but Melbourne had not been truly representative, they claimed. Barrichello required a gearbox change on Friday, so a five place grid penalty was handed to him, thus making his weekend’s chances all the more difficult as the all-conquering team really did seem on. Although he was running in the points in the wet, he slipped off the track and finished in the gravel. Bourdais meanwhile was caught out, like many, on full wets when inters would have done, and finished just out of the points in 10th. He was disappointed that a restart did not take place, as he thought points could have been achievable. but his afternoon finished with a DNF after he spun on the wet track on inters. Webber, meanwhile, had one of the best races we can remember seeing from the guy in F1. He was fast, he was aggressive and he was super, super impressive. Fifth position, on the balance of things, almost seemed like a disappointment. His fine racecraft deserved much more reward. hint of surprise. That he finished in just eighth position was a huge shame, but the early laps showed the potential. Nakajima had a harder afternoon, falling behind at the start when he was swamped by KERS cars. 12th was the best he could do, but Rosberg’s performance will give all at Team Willie hope for the next races. At the back of the field, the team didn’t risk an early stop for tyres and as such were left to react to the changes. While it could have played into their hands, other teams made the same choices and so they were left at the back. The duo finished 17th (Sutil) and 18th (Fisichella) although the Italian had beached his car at Turn 15 in the torrential rain. to be on more equal terms after practice and qualifying. But with Button on pole, good things were expected. While he fell behind at the start, his pace in clear air was breathtaking and he took the lead after the first stops. It was a lead he was not to lose, as he held on for his third F1 win and his second on the bounce. Barrichello had a tougher afternoon, finishing fifth. 37