The weather played havoc with the second race of the 2009 Formula 1 season in Sepang, Malaysia. Heikki Kovalainen spun out on the first lap and for the second race in a row retired within minutes of the race starting. Lewis Hamilton, however, fought his way up to from 12th to 10th and then continued to battle with both the weather and the other races in some treacherous conditions.
The race was stopped after 31 laps and it looked like Lewis had come in 5th, then possibly 6th but ended up in 7th, something he seemed shocked about in a post-race interview – seems at that point he thought he’d placed 5th.
During the race Lewis’s car struggled against the raw power of other cars but the KERS system seemed to work really well and he had a great tussle for position with Mark Weber at one point. The strategy of fuelling heavy to start seemed to work well as Lewis pitted for the first time while other drivers were coming in for the second time.
In the end the weather beat everyone, but I think McLaren and Lewis can come away from Sepang knowing things are getting better, even if just a little at a time. Lewis is a great driver, McLaren are a great team and it’s only a matter of time before they are back in competitive form. Heikki just needs to start believing in himself again.
Congratulations to Jenson Button and another win, Brawn GP are seemingly unstoppable, for now.
Let’s hope in China we get a full race, no incidents leading up to the race and positions decided by driving skill – maybe a tall order this season but we have to get back to some normality sooner or later.