What a perfect race by Nico Rosberg to claim the first win of his career from pole to finish.
Rosberg, the son of 1982 champion Keke, also scored the first win for Mercedes as an individual team since 1955. Mercedes left the sport in 1955 after the last race for them as a team ending in victory by Juan Manuel Fangio at the Italian Grand Prix. Mercedes brought the 2009 winning team Brawn GP in 2010 to set up an independent team, though they are engine partners to other teams. Team principal Ross Brawn was very happy with the result and this was evident when they were celebrating loudly on the radio.
What a race for Ferrari and Alonso.
No one really believed the car could be competitive, but Alonso made sure he stayed ahead of the pack in the rain soaked Malaysian Grand Prix. The inability of the car was visible by judging Massa's dismal 15th finish. Although Ferrari scripted a dream win here, utilizing the conditions well, they will have to make massive improvements to the F2012 to get anywhere close to the pace setters.
Sergio Perez drove the race of his life to finish second. He scored more points in this race than the entire of last season. He was driving aggressively chasing the Ferrari of Alonso. His chances became slim when he ran wide on lap 50 with 6 laps to go. Nevertheless this was the best result for Sauber as an individual team. There are even paddock rumors for replacing Massa with Perez before the end of the season. His teammate Kobayashi had to retire due to a brake problem.
The first race of the season is always exciting.
Mclaren came out the best of the pack at Albert Park with a flawless display. All this while during the winter testing, they were the team without much fanfare about the new car. But good to see the Woking based team to win. Button and Hamilton seem like a good team as we really do not want an Alonso - Hamilton kind of rivalry between drivers, that just spoils the work of an entire team.
Moving on to Ferrari...
Alonso drove his heart out in that car that does not look too convincing as per Ferrari's standards. Massa meanwhile has to impress his owners for a racing seat next year. We hope to see some better improvements in the car for the next races. It is hard to understand how a team like Ferrari that always got the race day setup to perfection is failing so regularly. They better answer these questions before the next race.