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2013 Malaysian Grand Prix PIT stop analysis

Reigning world champion takes controversial win at Malaysian Grand Prix. The controversial top podium finishes goings-on a battle between the Red Bull team-mates Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Few strong race strategies created the mixed situation at Red Bull and the Mercedes campaign.

At Red Bull, Mark Webber led the race after the final pit stops and team ordered to Reigning world champion hold position to the end of the race but Vettel passed Webber on the lap 46 following an intense battle, controversial finish now growing some terrible situation at Red Bull campaign.

At Mercedes Nico Rosberg was ordered by Team Principal Ross Brawn to hold position behind third-placed team-mate Hamilton. Following the race Rosberg said he completely understood Mercedes’ team decision. Also Hamilton admits that his team-mate actually deserved more.

Red Bull has done it again with the best pit stops and easily finishes 1-2 at Malaysian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel took pole position and saving three sets of new hard tyres and two sets of mediums for the race.

Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa made early pit-stop on lap five, when track dried out. Vettel rejoined the race with new medium compound. Mark Webber pitted two laps later than Vettel, as the results that he took over the lead of the race for the second stint.

The Australian led the race from here, following the final pit-stop Red Bull made earlier strategy decisions and ordered to Vettel hold position to the end of the race behind his team-mate Webber, but Vettel decide to attack and pass.

Lewis Hamilton qualified ahead his team-mate Nico Rosberg; both are made four pit-stops and using same compound Pirelli. In the second-half of the race Mercedes had worried about the fuel use of both drivers and asked them to save fuel, the Brit being the more dangerous. Finally Hamilton set first podium for Mercedes ahead of his team-mate Rosberg. Mercedes the only team challenge with Red Bull in the early stage of race, fuel shortage move-down to their challenge.

Lotus’ Romain Grosjean and Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne had the best 3 stop strategy and finished inside the top ten.

TYRE STRATEGIES – Malaysia

Vettel: IN MN (5) HN (22) HN (32) MN (42)

Webber: IN HN (7) MN (19) HN (31) HN (43)
Hamilton: IN MN (7) MN (21) HN (30) MU (41)
Rosberg: IN MN (8) MN (22) HN (31) MU (42)

Massa: IN MN (5) HN (20) MN (33) MU (47)

Grosjean: IN MN (7) MU (20) HN (35)
Raikkonen: IN MN (6) MU (21) HN (34)
Hulkenberg: IN MN (7) MN (21) HN (34) HN (44)
Perez: IN MN (7) MN (22) HN (33) HN (54)

Vergne: IN HN (7) HN (26) MN (43)
Bottas: IN MN (6) MN (22) MU (40)
Gutierrez: IN HN (7) MU (22) MN (36) HN (51)

Bianchi: IN MN (6) HN (17) HN (29) MU (43)
Pic: IN MU (7) HN (20) MU (32) MN (43)
Van der Garde: IN HN (6) HN (18) HN (28) MN (42)
Chilton: IN MN (6) HN (19) MU (31) HN (41)
Button: IN MN (7) MN (21) HN (35)
Ricciardo: IN MU (6) MN (19) HN (33)

Maldonado: IN MN (6) MU (13) MU (32)
Sutil: IN MN (6) HN (22)
Di Resta: IN MN (6) HN (20)
Alonso: IN

I = Intermediate tyre

H = Hard compound
M = Medium compound

N = New compound
U = Used compound

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