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GP Week : Issue 76
Team-By-Team: Malaysian Gra Lewis Hamilton lit-up Friday, while Jenson Button struggled with his car's balance. In qualifying, the team misjudged the weather and didn't send either man out until the rain had worsened. Button slid into the gravel on inters meaning he was unable to contest Q2, while Hamilton recovered from a spin but could do no better than 20th. In the race, Hamilton made a sensational start, passing eight cars in the first 500m. He pitted late, on lap 30, and was unable to get past Sutil thereafter. He finished sixth. Button went wide at the start and lost out, getting stuck behind Alonso's ill Ferrari. He made a good call to switch to primes on lap nine, and this long stint in clean air made up a lot of ground. Mark Webber lost track time in Friday's FP2 when his Renault engine gave up the ghost. His luck changed in qualifying though, when he and engineer Ciaran Pilbeam made an inspired last-minute call for inters. Webber took pole by a gaping 1.3 seconds from Rosberg. Vettel stuck to wets and settled for third. In the race, Webber spun his wheels on the line and Vettel plunged down the inside. Webber fought back through turns two to four but Vettel had the line. With Ferrari and McLaren stuck in the pack, things were very comfortable for Red Bull and they were able to preserve their engines. No doubt about it, ettel is driving like a champion-elect. Vitaly Petrov suffered a fuel pump problem and a water leak on Friday which cost him track time. In qualifying, he just missed the cut for Q3, while Robert Kubica sailed through to the final session, before knackering his tyres and settling for a steady sixth. Petrov had a fun scrap with Hamilton, proving he's not to be underestimated. He stopped with a gearbox problem on lap 34. Kubica put in another outstanding performance, taking Hulkenberg in the run to Turn 1, stealing position from Sutil out of Turn 2 and then settling into a rhythm behind Rosberg for the remainder of the race to take fourth place. Nico Rosberg took his first front-row grid slot with a great wet lap in Q3, while Michael Schumacher was 1.1 seconds off his team mate, down in eighth. His race came to a premature end on lap 10 when his car lost drive at Turn 6 and became unstable. A wheel nut had fallen off. Rosberg lost a place to Vettel at the start due to wheelspin. He wasn't too comfortable on the option tyres, as Kubica was able to stick with him. But Rosberg stayed ahead of Kubica, gaining a second on him in the pits on lap 23 thanks to a great stop by Mercedes. The German was happier with his second stint, on the primes, and recorded his third career podium. Williams were up where they wanted to be in qualifying, the car proving to be very able in wet conditions. Rubens Barrichello wished he had followed Webber on the intermediate tyre, but settled for seventh while Nico Hulkenberg could be well pleased with his fifth place. But the race wasn't fortunate for either driver. Barrichello couldn't get much drive off the start, and was narrowly missed by Lucas di Grassi from behind. He was the first to pit, on lap seven, and did so again on lap 44. He finally finished 12th -- only he, Buemi and Kovalainen two-stopped. Hulkenberg pitted on lap 13 and then stuck it out to finish 10th, scoring his first point. Like McLaren, Ferrari put too much faith in their weather forecast system and held on too long before sending their cars out in qualifying. Alonso lined up 19th on Sunday, while Felipe Massa was down in 21st. In the race, Alonso had issues from the start, with a downshift problem which made overtaking almost impossible, and he had to drive without a clutch for most of the race. With that in mind, his pace was respectable. He was fighting for eighth, and slid down the inside of Button at Turn 1 on the penultimate lap. Unfortunately, his engine -- which had been turned up to counter the downshift problem -- lunched itself in a plume of white smoke. DNF. Massa finished seventh, passing Button -- who was struggling with worn tyres -- in the final laps. 32