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The Malaysian Grand Prix: what we learned

What we learned in Malaysia: from Vettel’s thoughts on how the cars sound to the team dominating the sport.
Monday, March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - The Malaysian Grand Prix may not have given us the most exciting fight for the podium, but we learned plenty.

Mercedes are currently the best

The Brackley based team are proving themselves to be the best team in the sport at the moment.

Mercedes dominated the weekend and Sebastian Vettel, or anyone else for that matter, had no real hope of splitting the pair up or finishing on the top step of the podium.

If the rest of the teams can’t sort out their issues quickly they may find Mercedes strolling away with the 2014 constructors’ and drivers’ titles.

Max Chilton might be incident and technical issue proof

I don’t want to jinx it this but Max Chilton has now completed 21 races in a row, which is impressive for a rookie.

The Briton stays calm and collected throughout the race, avoiding incidents. Amazingly he’s never attracted a technical issue either, while teammate Jules Bianchi has suffered technical issues.

Max Chilton, if you retire from the next race with a technical issue, I can only apologise for jinxing it.

Daniel Ricciardo has definitely inherited Mark Webbers bad luck

There was a long standing joke in the Formula One community that Mark Webber had all the bad luck at Red Bull Racing. It appears he may have passed that onto fellow countryman Ricciardo.

The Aussie had a strong race until he was released from the pits without his front left tyre attached.

He was wheeled back to his pit box and the wheel was correctly attached. On the next lap his front wing failed, puncturing his front right tyre.

A few laps later he was served a five second stop and go penalty for an unsafe release. After the race the stewards handed him a 10 place grid drop for the unsafe release which will carry over to the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Massa doesn’t follow all team orders

In the closing stages of the race Felipe Massa was told to move aside to let Valtteri Bottas past to see if he could pass Jenson Button.

The Brazilian refused to move aside and defended hard against his teammate. He later explained that he thought that if Bottas was unable to pass him, he couldn’t pass Button.

Sebastian Vettel doesn’t like F1’s new sound

The quadruple world champion described the sound of 2014 Formula One cars as ‘s**t’

Kobayashi has lost none of his talent

The Japanese driver spent 2013 out of the sport, taking part in the World Endurance Championship.

His battle with Romain Grosjean for 11th place and numerous other battles show that the Caterham driver has lost none of his fight or talent.

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