Monday, 11 April 2011

Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix

Plenty of Action at the Malaysian Grand Prix

Reigning Champion Sebastian Vettel takes his second win of the season while McLaren struggle to keep the pace and surprising results from Lotus Renault

After taking the his first win of the season at the opening race in Australia, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel achieved pole position during qualifying in Malaysia this week, keeping it at the number one spot from flag to finish-line, taking his second win of the season, and of course defending his championship title.

Jenson Button & Sebastian Vettel - Podium
Team-mate Mark Webber managed to keep the second Red Bull RB7 in the top standings, taking fourth place behind McLaren driver Jenson Button and Lotus Renault driver Nick Heidfeld. At both Australia and Malaysia a McLaren has managed second position, but unfortunate for them, behind Red Bull. McLaren driver and past champion Lewis Hamilton took second position in Australia but due to an unexpected tap on the rear wing, took just eighth this week, leaving team-mate Button to fight against the ‘flying’ Red Bull team and managed to take the all important number two spot.

Lotus Renault has proved their ability as championship contenders this season, after taking a third place podium finish at both races. Vitaly Petrov took us by storm at Australia two weeks ago, showing his ability to take a top spot against charging rivals Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren. This week we see second Lotus Renault driver Nick Heidfeld in the standings, after a fantastic performance during the race. Starting sixth on the grid, Heidfeld drove a brilliant race to achieve his well deserved spot on the podium next to 2009 champion Jenson Button and champion holder Sebastian Vettel.

The current standings leave Vettel defending his title in first, with British McLaren driver Jenson Button 24 points behind in second, Lewis Hamilton in third and Mark Webber in fourth. As we head to China for the next Grand Prix I am confident of another entertaining and exciting race.

By Sophie Williamson

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