2015 F1

Rookie watch: Malaysian GP

The 2015 Malaysian GP, turned out be a very eventful race, with overtakes in galore. After a dull and disappointing Australian GP, where Mercedes completely dominated, Sebastian Vettel got his first victory as a Ferrari driver, as Mercedes ran into strategy problems. While the top teams, had their fights, the rookies, had a race of their own too, having not held anything back.

Carlos Sainz Jr, Toro Rosso
Sainz had an excellent race with a race long battle with his team-mate. Although brake struggles persisted during race, he eventually finished in 8th ahead of the two Red Bulls.

Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso
This 17 year old rookie, had previously, equalled his father Jos’ best-ever grid position in only his second race. Having qualified 6th, Verstappen had a humdinger of a race, racing impressively side by side with rivals through the frantic early stages. After having race long battles with his teammate plus the Red Bulls, finally finishing ahead of them. Having finished 7th, he became the youngest F1 driver to score championship points, a record he might hold for a long time to come.

Felipe Nasr, Sauber
Not the best race by any standards, the Sauber driver was clearly struggling with the car, suffering, from tyre degradation. Being easily passed by other midfield runners, he finished 12th, a lap down, after scoring points in Australia.

Roberto Merhi &Will Stevens, Manor F1 Team
The Manor F1 team, were given permission after qualifying, to have their cars start on the grid. This was a welcome achievement to a team that are still struggling, to find their feet in the early parts of the season, after not having raced in Australia. Will Stevens did not start the race, as his Manor team was unable to cure the fuel system issue, a problem that occurred during qualifying, while Roberto Merhi did start, and was the last driver to see the chequered flag in 15th, albeit 3 laps down. (Aniket & Shubham)



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