Alonso fourth, Raikkonen out of luck – Not the luckiest of races for Ferrari. Fernando Alonso brought home the points for fourth place, thanks to a gritty second half performance that saw him close on those ahead, taking fourth place off Nico Hulkenberg in the Force India just 4 laps from the flag.
Kimi Raikkonen was very unlucky, as he was clipped at turn 1 in the opening laps by Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren, suffering a right rear puncture. The Finn had to do a whole lap at snail’s pace to get back to the pits, before rejoining in penultimate place. He fought hard, dueling with Daniil Kvyat and Romain Grosjean for a points finish, but it was not to be as he finished twelfth.
It was a one-two finish for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton taking his 33rd win from Nico Rosberg, with Sebastian Vettel third for Red Bull.
Thanks to the 12 points for fourth, Alonso has the consolation of being third in the drivers’ championship, one point behind Hamilton and not too far off leader Rosberg. Just one week to go before round three in Bahrain (full report.)
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m40m25.974s 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes +17.313s 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault +24.534s 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +35.992s 5. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +47.199s 6. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +1m23.691s 7. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes +1m25.076s 8. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +1m25.537s 9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap 10. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault +1 lap 11. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault +1 lap 12. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +1 lap 13. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault +1 lap 14. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault +2 laps 15. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps Retirements: Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 49 laps Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 35 laps Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 32 laps Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 18 laps Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 8 laps Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 7 laps Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 0 laps Drivers' championship: 1. Nico Rosberg 43 2. Lewis Hamilton 25 3. Fernando Alonso 24 4. Jenson Button 23 5. Kevin Magnussen 20 6. Nico Hulkenberg 18 7. Sebastian Vettel 15 8. Valtteri Bottas 14 9. Kimi Raikkonen 6 10. Felipe Massa 6 11. Jean-Eric Vergne 4 12. Daniil Kvyat 3 13. Sergio Perez 1 Constructors' championship: 1. Mercedes 68 2. McLaren-Mercedes 43 3. Ferrari 30 4. Williams-Mercedes 20 5. Force India-Mercedes 19 6. Red Bull-Renault 15 7. Toro Rosso-Renault 7 8. Sauber-Ferrari 0 9. Lotus-Renault 0 10. Caterham-Renault 0 11. Marussia-Ferrari 0
Kimi Raikkonen – Magnussen destroyed race: “I don’t know much about it. All I know his front wing hit me on my wheel but I didn’t feel anything, so I have no idea when it was. Obviously it destroyed our race, not very good for us but I can’t say much as I have not seen it. On Friday and Saturday we have been pretty ok until qualifying, which wasn’t ideal and we weren’t as happy with. We were still in an ok position for the race. I got a pretty good start but then got that issue with the rear tyre. I think how we started was good and for sure we could have been up there with Fernando. It all went down when I got hit so that was that. It is a shame because without it we could have had a pretty ok race. It’s not where we want to be with the guys at the front. They are too fast right now but it is good for what we expected.”
“Hopefully next race we will have some new parts for the car I’ve been asking for and hopefully it makes a change in a nice way. Hopefully the front end will feel nicer. We will have to wait and see how we do on Friday there. I know on the test there was a some difficulties with handling but hopefully the new parts can sort that out. The new updates should make us a bit happier with the front end. It’s a new part and we don’t know if it will do what we expect. We have a good understanding of where we want to go and what to do. I expect if we make that happen we can go much faster, but how quickly we can do that we will see. All the good things we did a lot better here so we are going in the right direction.”
- Magnussen disappointed with himself – The rookie was given a five-second stop-and-go penalty for the crash with Raikkonen, and has been given two penalty points on his licence
- Ricciardo gets Bahrain grid penalty
- Bottas first to get penalty points
- Raikkonen: Grosjean pushed me out track
Onboard with Raikkonen
Malaysia GP Team Radio Transcript
- Kimi Raikkonen: I have a flat rear tyre.
- Antonio Spagnolo: OK, we see. Box, box.
- Kimi Raikkonen: I don’t know what happened to the tyre, because I didn’t touch anybody.
- Antonio Spagnolo: From the data, it went off immediately. Like debris, or something like this. We pit for medium, new medium.
- Kimi Raikkonen: Very slippery overall.
- Antonio Spagnolo: Lap times are in line with the front people.
- Kimi Raikkonen: It’s raining a little bit on the back of the circuit.
- Antonio Spagnolo: OK, so we stay out. We see how it develops, the weather.
- Antonio Spagnolo: Raikkonen is behind Kobayashi in the Caterham. Use DRS.