Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was in a class of his own as the world champion won a dramatic Malaysian Grand Prix, according to bbc.co.uk. McLaren’s Jenson Button was second to move up to second in the championship. Renault’s Nick Heidfeld was third.
Lewis Hamilton survived a late clash with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso as they disputed third but a late tyre stop dropped him to seventh behind Alonso. Scot Paul di Resta picked up his second point with 10th for Force India behind Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes.
Vettel ran a sensible race, handling his tyres well on Sepang’s blistering circuit and coping with intermittent use of the Kers power-boost system in the second half of the race. The German comfortably collected his 12th career win to stretch his championship lead to 24 points. “The fight behind him is close behind him but Vettel has such an advantage out front in the championship now,” said BBC commentator Martin Brundle. Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel and Nick Heidfeld “It was a tremendous effort from Button and Heidfeld but can anyone stop Vettel from dominating grand prix racing at the moment?” Vettel added: “We could control it, but it was never easy. When Jenson was behind me I could control the gap. “Kers was a little bit on-off during the race. Two weeks ago (when he won in Australia) we never raced it at all.
“Today if I didn’t have it at the start the race would never have unfolded as it did. Then we had a problem and had to turn it off, but it came back on again.” McLaren endured a hectic race in which both Hamilton and Button were hustled by Alonso.
It was Button who ultimately came out on top as he collected his first podium of the season to kick start his championship charge.