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GP Week : Issue 149
33 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Sauber failed to turn their promising Saturday into results and points on Sunday, with Kamui Kobayashi’s tenth place finish netting the Swiss side only a single point. The Japanese driver started third but dropped to seventh on the first lap thanks to a bad start, before his three-stop strategy then lost him more places during the race to two-stopping drivers. Perez two-stopped from eighth on the grid but just fell short on long-run pace to take the flag in 11th place. Caterham continue to comfortably lead the battle at the back of the grid but remain considerably adrift of their target of challenging midfield teams for points this year. Petrov was again the highest-placed car at the end of the race, but was a colossal 45 seconds behind Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo, while team-mate Kovalainen finished three laps adrift after problems with his right-rear tyre during the race. Not even post-qualifying changes to Vergne’s car – forcing him to start from the pitlane – could salvage Toro Rosso’s weekend in Shanghai as they finished well outside the points despite splitting the strategies of their cars between two and three stops. Vergne was put on the three-stop strategy, but after his first stop was already more than 20 seconds behind the main bunch ahead, while Ricciardo wasn’t fairing much better. The Frenchman was able to close on closest rival Hulkenberg towards the finish, overtaking Ricciardo on the way, but there was little else to shout about as they finished 16th and 17th. Fortunes continue to improve at HRT as they again comfortably cleared the 107% barrier on Saturday and raced strongly on Sunday. They still have some time to close in on main rivals Marussia though, with lead driver de la Rosa finishing over 40 seconds adrift of Marussia’s Pic. Although their race pace was generally competitive, they lost a lot of time at the end of each stint as the soft tyres dropped off, although the medium tyres behaved much better. Senna and Maldonado gave team principal Frank Williams an early 70th birthday present by scoring his team’s first double points finish in over a year after two fighting drivers from mid-grid on Sunday. Both drivers were able to get their tyres to last on two-stop strategies, allowing them to fight to the very finish, with Senna getting the better of Maldonado at the start and never getting bettered. Senna completed the second half of the race on a single set of tyres, but was still lapping strongly at the finish, while his team-mate followed him home for a 7-8 finish. Marussia continue to hunt Caterham down in the battle at the back of the pack, with their qualifying deficit having fallen from 1.9 to 1.4 to 0.6 seconds over the past two races. Their average gap to the green and gold team during the race was 0.9 seconds however, showing that they still have some work to do on their long runs. Glock especially struggled with his tyres and lost over 20 seconds at the end of his final stint to Pic, without which they would have looked considerably stronger. Sauber Caterham Toro Rosso HRT Williams Marussia TEAM-BY-TEAM: MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX F1 >>> CHINA