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Monday, 11 April 2011

Massa Beats Alonso

Team hierarchy is starting to take shape...

Felipe Massa beat his team mate Fernando Alonso in Malaysia.
Jenson Button beat this team mate Lewis Hamilton.
Sebastian Vettel beat Mark Webber and won the race.
Renault's Nick Heidfeld beat Vitaly Petrov.
Schumacher beat Rosberg.

This of course is not consistent with the race results in Australia.  However, the result was influenced by uncharacteristic mistakes and unforeseen issues.  Alonso collided with the back of Hamilton's McLaren; Hamilton was given a retrospective time penalty for weaving;  Webber lost use of his KERS system but Vettel had his second victory sewn up anyway and retained his 100% points record this year.

A very entertaining battle took place between Schumacher and Kobayashi, with Kobayashi showing what a fighter he is and coming in ultimately two places ahead in seventh.

Button's second place gave him great encouragement and he was visibly delighted after the race, talking up this season as having championship potential for him.

Webber had the consolation of fastest lap and fourth place.  Heidfeld brought Renault their second podium of 2011 with third place.  After his own third in Australia, this time out Petrov broke his steering mount by attempting a vault over the kerb from the grassy side.  Massa may have eased the tension over his place at Ferrari by his fifth place result.  Alonso managed sixth with his new nose and Hamilton was demoted to eighth.

Schumacher slipped into the top ten with 9th and rookie Paul di Resta brought his Force India home in 10th - his second finish in the points and one place ahead of his team mate.

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