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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Vettel Wins | Renault Awesome

Sebastian Vettel took an immaculate victory today.  He led from pole and in doing so returned to the top of the drivers' table for the first time this year.

Kimi Raikonnen and Romain Grosjean completed a Reanult threesome on the podium.  In fact Kimi could have taken victory if, after having closed up on Vettel, he had chosen the other side to overtake.  As it was, Vettel held him off and managed his tyres to the end.

Paul di Resta had a great result to take sixth behind Rosberg and Alonso.

Lewis Hamilton came in eighth.  Massa and Schumacher completed the top ten.

Jenson Button had a trialsome day with more issues with wheelnuts and finally retired with a broken exhaust.  McLaren may need to review their use of aluminium nuts on a titanium axle.  The risk of misthreading relatively soft material is costing them for two races in a row.

As above, Vettel leads the table now with Hamilton, Webber and Button behind him.  So it looks like normal service with Red Bull and McLaren fighting over the points at the top of the table.

However, this year we have seen Mercedes make great progress and Lotus Renault are a big threat if they can continue to finish races.  Raikonnen is due a victory based on pre-season promise and in-race competitiveness and will take it as soon as he can.  Grosjean needs to keep it on the road more often and he too will continue to be a podium threat.

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