Manipe F1 rates all 24 drivers' performances from the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend in Sepang, highlighting the good and the bad of the second round of the 2011 championship.
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault (Race: 1st, Qualifying: 1st):
Another flawless performance by Vettel saw him pick up his second race win of the year, thanks to Saturday's pole position under intense pressure from Hamilton. In the race he overcame a KERS failure to ease it home with no dramas.
Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault (Race: 4th, Qualifying: 3rd):
Was again off the pace of team-mate Vettel in qualifying, albeit with a reduced gap of three tenths, but was massively hampered by a KERS failure at the start of the race, with a poor getaway compounding his woes. He did an admirable job getting back to fourth at the finish, just missing out on the podium after making his four-stop strategy work well.
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes (Race: 8th, Qualifying: 2nd):
Should have at least finished on the podium but wore his tyres out too much and too quickly, while also being disadvantaged by a slow third pitstop. He was unfortunate to get penalised by the stewards post-race, but had received a warning for a similar offence 12 months ago.
Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes (Race: 2nd, Qualifying: 4th):
Excessive tyre wear at the end of his final qualifying lap put him fourth on the grid, but on Sunday Button was able to conserve his rubber majestically to come within shouting distance of his first win of 2011. As his team-mate struggled to get 15 laps from the hard tyres, Button was still flying at the end of his 19-lap stint.
Fernando Alonso, Ferrari (Race: 6th, Qualifying: 5th):
A weekend of many ups and downs for the double champion, with the 150° Italia's poor qualifying pace and impressive race speed, coupled with a late-race clash with Hamilton. Had his DRS been working in the final ten laps, he would easily have passed Lewis for third, but instead had to pit for a new nose.
Felipe Massa, Ferrari (Race: 5th, Qualifying: 7th):
Where Fernando was, Felipe should have been, but had his chance of a podium finish all but taken away due to a poor first pitstop, losing him seven seconds and as many as four places. He was unable to keep Webber behind in the closing stages with older tyres, but completed his 20-lap stint on the hards with Alonso behind.
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes (Race: 9th, Qualifying: 11th):
The W02 is clearly not at the races, but Schumacher nevertheless scored its first top ten finish on Sunday. He took the conventional approach and stopped three times, before passing Paul di Resta in the closing laps to secure ninth and two points.
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes (Race: 12th, Qualifying: 9th):
After beating his team-mate in qualifying, Nico was totally overshadowed by Michael in the race, not helped by losing four places at the start. He was rarely stuck behind slower cars but was continuously losing time to Schumacher from half-distance.
Nick Heidfeld, Renault (Race: 3rd, Qualifying: 6th):
After his woeful Renault debut in Melbourne, Heidfeld more than delivered on what the team was looking for in Malaysia to score his team's second podium of 2011. After a stunning start to second place, a slower pitstop allowed Button, Hamilton and Alonso by. Hamilton's tyre wear and Alonso's extra pitstop allowed Heidfeld to regain the places before fending off an attack by Webber in the final laps.
Vitaly Petrov, Renault (Race: Ret, Qualifying: 8th):
Two crucial errors cost Petrov huge points on Sunday, after making such an eye-catching start like his team-mate. His first error came on lap five when he ran wide at turn 7 allowing both Ferraris through, before then running wide at turn 8 in the closing laps and rejoined the track at full throttle with all four wheels off the ground.
Rubens Barrichello, Williams-Cosworth (Race: Ret, Qualifying: 15th):
Did reasonably well to qualify as high as 15th ahead of Pérez and Sutil on Saturday, but got tagged on the first lap by Sutil to force a long lap back to the pits on a punctured tyre that ultimately led to his retirement.
Pastor Maldonado, Williams-Cosworth (Race: Ret, Qualifying: 18th):
After lapping just a tenth slower than Barrichello in Q1 he was immediately knocked out and placed 18th on the grid and was unable to show his pace when an engine mis-fire hit his Cosworth just three laps in. Having finished ahead of Rubens in all three practices, he will be keen to show his race pace soon.
Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes (Race: 11th, Qualifying: 17th):
His car had the race pace to finish in the points, but a poor qualifying and a first-lap touch with Barrichello ended his hopes of getting inside the top ten. Despite having to pit on the third lap compromising his three-stop plan, he finished just ten seconds behind di Resta.
Paul di Resta, Force India-Mercedes (Race: 10th, Qualifying: 14th):
Out-qualified his much more experienced team-mate again on Saturday and scored his second point on Sunday with tenth place. He was one of the first to pit on lap 11 and that hurt him later on when he was unable to hold off Schumacher for ninth in the final three laps.
Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber-Ferrari (Race: 8th, Qualifying: 10th):
Got Sauber's first points on the board with a solid eighth place, the highest two-stopper in the field. He was twice overtaken by the three-stopping Petrov, but had the last laugh when the Russian had to retire, and impressively did 21 laps on the hard tyre to end his race at a consistently quick pace.
Sergio Pérez, Sauber-Ferrari (Race: Ret, Qualifying: 16th):
Brought back to earth with a bang after his heroics in Australia, Pérez was unable to rediscover anything like the form he showed a fortnight ago. Was comfortably outperformed by his team-mate in qualifying and made little progress in the race until retiring when he was hit by debris off Buemi's Toro Rosso.
Sébastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari (Race: 13th, Qualifying: 12th):
He had an outside shot at a points finish had he not sped in the pitlane by over 20 km/h, earning a stop-and-go penalty, but was unable to conserve his tyres well enough to make his two-stop strategy work anyway. Overtook Alguersuari on lap 40 but lost out to Rosberg as his tyres faded with five laps left.
Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso-Ferrari (Race: 14th, Qualifying: 13th):
Alguersuari was unable to live up to his impressive qualifying performance and was catastrophically outperformed by his team-mate. Even with Buemi dropping 30 seconds with his stop-and-go, Alguersuari finished ten seconds adrift and was only half a second clear of Kovalainen in the Lotus having struggled with tyre wear on his two-stop strategy.
Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus-Renault (Race: 15th, Qualifying: 19th):
Alongside Kobayashi, Kovalainen was the only driver to make his two-stop strategy work, lapping consistently even at the end of his mammoth 22-lap stint on the hard tyre. Qualifying just half a second off Q2 was another bonus, as was staying ahead of Trulli throughout.
Jarno Trulli, Lotus-Renault (Race: Ret, Qualifying: 20th):
Was found lagging behind Kovalainen for the second weekend in a row and even fell behind Virgin's Timo Glock after running wide at turn 1 following his first pitstop. He soon regained the place and was lapping at the same pace as Kovalainen before retiring with a clutch problem.
Narain Karthikeyan, HRT-Cosworth (Race: Ret, Qualifying: 24th):
It was with little surprise that Karthikeyan struggled to keep with his team-mate on his first Grand Prix in five years, but didn't embarrass himself entirely. He lost a second a lap to Liuzzi before stopping with an overheating engine on lap 15.
Vitantonio Liuzzi, HRT-Cosworth (Race: Ret, Qualifying: 23rd):
Liuzzi's HRT debut went largely unnoticed as he trundled around at the back of the field, but he was encouraged by the pace shown by the F111. He was no more than a second per lap slower than Virgin's Jérôme d'Ambrosio ahead, but had the gap increased due to a slow pitstop, his team's first of 2011.
Timo Glock, Virgin-Cosworth (Race: 16th, Qualifying: 21st):
The only good news from Glock's weekend was that he didn't have to worry about the 107% rule as he was well within the target on Saturday. He was only able to open a small gap to team-mate d'Ambrosio before the Belgian retired.
Jérôme d'Ambrosio, Virgin-Cosworth (Race: Ret, Qualifying: 22nd):
Closed the qualifying gap to Glock to three and a half tenths and, although he dropped time to the German in the first stint, he was able to stay on his pace throughout stint 2. He was then closing the gap after his second stop before he had to retire with an electronics issue.