What can you say about a race where the man on the top step of the podium says he should have been second, the guy in third says he should have been fourth, and the guy in second freely admits all the drivers have to drive the whole race slowly to conserve tires, which are made to last just a few laps? Shit show comes to mind.
Possibly the most embarrassing GP I can remember for pretty much everyone involved.
Let's go from the beginning
Massa got totally lost in the opening laps, good comeback in the end but P2 to P5 is not good enough.
Mclaren: How a team as good as Mclaren could still botch so many pit stops is a puzzle, too much practice? Shame for Button who had managed to get himself well up in the points.
On the other hand, it would have been a hilarious if they had actually serviced Lewis' Mercedes.
Red Bull: We all hate to see managed races, but what Vettel did at Sepang was the ultimate douche move. You have a deal you stick to it, you don't turn the boost up and pass the guy who had been faster but turned his engine down on order from the team. Once you do that, You don't celebrate like Vettel did at the finish line and you certainly don't go to the press claiming you passed "unintentionally" and you misunderstood orders. Vettel lost many, many fans today. (also, he passed Webber by crossing into the pit lane exit and should probably have been penalized for it)
Pirelli/F1: Seriously, this is starting to smell bad already and we are only two races in. You cannot have a formula 1 where drivers are forced to drive 8/10ths like in endurance of old. If Pirelli has been briefed to engineer tires that would "improve the show" I can guarantee you this is not the show anyone wants to see.
NBC SPORTS: With Bob Varsha back doing commentary, it was like deja vu all over again and not in a good way. Can you really have three "experts" who for more than half the race (the whole race for Matchett, even after he was told) did not realize you do not have to use both tire compounds if the race starts with cars on rain tires? Really? New blood please,
I'm adding bullpen comments from Webber and Vettel as shown by SkySports, after the break. Will three weeks be enough to smooth this over chez Red Bull?
PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS The Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang, Malaysia; 56 laps; 310.408km; Weather: . Classified: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h38m56.681s 2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault + 4.298s 3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes + 12.181s 4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 12.640s 5. Felipe Massa Ferrari + 25.648s 6. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 35.564s 7. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 48.479s 8. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari + 53.044s 9. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes + 1m12.357s 10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1m27.124s 11. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault + 1m28.610s 12. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap 13. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap 14. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault + 1 lap 15. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault + 1 lap 16. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps 17. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes + 3 laps 18. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 5 laps Fastest lap: Perez, 1m39.199s Not classified/retirements: Driver Team On lap Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 45 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 27 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 22 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1 World Championship standings, round 2: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Vettel 40 1. Red Bull-Renault 66 2. Raikkonen 31 2. Lotus-Renault 40 3. Webber 26 3. Ferrari 40 4. Hamilton 25 4. Mercedes 37 5. Massa 22 5. Force India-Mercedes 10 6. Alonso 18 6. McLaren-Mercedes 4 7. Rosberg 12 7. Sauber-Ferrari 4 8. Grosjean 9 8. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1 9. Sutil 6 10. Di Resta 4 11. Hulkenberg 4 12. Button 2 13. Perez 2 14. Vergne 1 All timing unofficial