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Trulli runs wide after exiting the pits

Mercedes GP
Michael Schumacher (9th)
“I had a straightforward race today which was even a bit exciting towards the end but really full of ups and downs before.

“We probably couldn’t have expected to take more than two points today and we certainly have to work on our race pace which is not yet where we want it to be.”

Nico Rosberg (12th)
” Our race pace was not good enough, and it was very difficult to push, so unfortunately we could not perform at the level that we wanted to here. Looking at my qualifying laps, we can take heart from a small step forward from Melbourne so we will keep the hard work up to make further improvements.”

Ross Brawn, Mercedes GP team principal
“The team and drivers did a great job today but obviously we are not fast enough at the moment. We will continue to work at it and I look forward to having a more competitive car and being able to mix it where we want to be.”

Force India
Paul di Resta (10th)

“I am quite happy I must say. The team did a good job with the strategy. I just could not hold off Michael at the end, he had fresher tyres and I also did not want to risk the championship point as well.

 I think the DRS showed some good racing today, so maybe we can be confident that in China our race pace may even be a little bit better.”

Dr Vijay Mallya, Force India chairman and team principal
“Paul did an excellent job coming home in the points once again, while I believe that Adrian would also have finished in the top ten had it not been for the early nose chang.

“I am very proud of what the team has achieved here in Sepang this weekend and hope that we can carry this momentum, and great team spirit, with us to the race in China next week.”

Toro Rosso
Sebastien Buemi (13th)

“At my first pit stop I had the impression that the Pit Lane Speed Limiter had not been engaged. I immediately pressed it again, which deactivated it, so I speeded in the pit lane and picked up a ten second stop-go penalty, which I felt was a bit severe, as usually you get a drive-through penalty.”

Franz Tost, Toro Rosso team principal
“Fortunately, our closest competitors in the championship did not pick up that many points today, so we are still in reasonable shape in the constructors’ classification. However, the mid-field is very close at the moment, which means we have to do a better job, starting in Shanghai.”

Heikki Kovalainen (15th)

“That was a pretty good race all round. I think we can be pleased that after a difficult Friday we showed the sort of performance that the winter tests had given us hope we could do so now it’s about continuing development of the car and keeping up the pressure on the guys ahead.”

Jarno Trulli (DNF)
“Unfortunately a clutch problem brought my race to an early end which is pretty bad luck as we were looking ok at our home Grand Prix.”

Tony Fernandes, Lotus team principal
” Heikki drove a fantastic race and it is exciting that he was really pushing the Toro Rossos in the final few laps – maybe with a couple more laps he would have passed one of them.

“Huge congratulations to the whole team and well done to everyone.”

Mike Gascoyne, Lotus chief technical officer
” This weekend has been by far our strongest race performance since we came back into Formula One, so it is good to be racing again.”

Timo Glock (16th)

“I got a good start and got ahead of Trulli in the Lotus into turn one and everything was going well, but I was only able to defend the position for so long before he was able to get past.

“We are looking forward to what our development package can bring after China in time for Europe.”

Rubens Barrichello (DNF)

“A hydraulic problem forced us out of the race today. The team are still trying to identify exactly what the issue was.

“This wasn’t the start of the season I was hoping for and we need to improve. Right now we don’t have a reliable car and we’re playing catch up.”

Pastor Maldonado (DNF)
“We had a misfire problem on my car from the third lap. I tried to stay out, but we had to bring the car in. I am now looking ahead to China where I will be pushing to complete a full race distance and get a better result.”

Vitantonio Liuzzi (DNF)

“It’s a shame we didn’t finish by eight laps because our target was to reach the chequered flag. We had a small issue with the rear wing and were forced to stop.”

Colin Kolles, HRT team principal
“We stopped both cars just to be safe. Narain’s car had very high water temperatures so we advised him to stop. Tonio was close to the finish the race and felt an unstable rear.

“Overall it wasn’t a bad day considering this was our first proper race and our first chance to test the car in a race situation. Our lap times were not bad compared to the front runners, this shows there is some light at the end of the tunnel.”


Vettel won an enthralling Malaysian GP

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel (1st)
“The entire race was quite different to what we saw two weeks ago – it was a lot closer and there were more pit stops due to the tyres.

“I’m very pleased with today’s result. I love what I do and don’t think I could be happier at this stage. It’s been close here, so we need to keep cool and keep pushing, but the guys know this is the way forward, so I’m not worried. But for today we will enjoy it and be very proud.”

Mark Webber (4th)
“It was a tough race today. It wasn’t a good start out of the box and we had a failure with the KERS, so I was out of position on the first lap

“Anyway, I fought back with a good strategy and got some good points at least. It wasn’t our day today and I was disappointed not to get on the podium. It was close, but not close enough, But, it will come and now we go to Shanghai.”

Jenson Button (2nd)

“This has been an extremely encouraging weekend for us. It’s very satisfying to come away with a good lot of world championship points – everyone in the team has done an amazing job and we should feel very proud of ourselves. “
Lewis Hamilton (8th)
“Today was just one of those days. It’s never satisfying to start second and finish seventh, but that’s racing. We just have to take it on the chin and move on from it.

“During the race, my tyres kept dropping off. I was trying to look after my tyres, and being hit from behind by Fernando (Alonso). I think he got a bit too close, and, when he pulled out, he just clipped me with his wing and broke my car’s rear floor. ”

Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren team principal
“Jenson drove a truly excellent race today, pushing hard when it was appropriate to do so but also conserving his tyres when necessary, and the result was a very well deserved second place.

Lewis had a difficult afternoon, his frustrations beginning at the very first corner of the very first lap, when Nick unexpectedly nipped past him from way back in sixth place on the starting grid. After that, he tried his utmost to reclaim the place, nearly doing so on a number of occasions, but inevitably his tyre conservation was compromised in the process.”

Nick Heidfeld (3rd)

“I had a great start just like in Australia, and did not expect to make up so many positions. I moved up to P2, making up four places. After that I did my best to follow Sebastian (Vettel) but he was much quicker

“It’s another great result for Lotus Renault GP and it’s clear the team has taken a big step forward this year.”

Vitaly Petrov (DNF)
” I made a small mistake which shouldn’t have had the consequences it had. I went wide and the car took off on the curb, landing hard. Both cars should have been in the points today, but the good news is that we clearly have the pace needed to compete this season.”

Eric Boullier, Renault team principal
“I’m pleased of course for Nick but I’m also pleased for the whole team. It’s another great reward for us, especially after the tough start to the weekend. It’s good to be on the podium again, although it is disappointing to have lost one car with less than ten laps to go.

“Scoring two podiums in a row is definitely very satisfying.”

Felipe Massa (5th)

“We definitely have to improve the car, but it’s equally true that our race pace is very different to our performance in qualifying. That’s a positive, but we know that grid position is nevertheless very important, so we have to move forward on this front.”

Fernando Alonso (6th)
“I am happy with this race: not with the result but because we were finally competitive.

“We were not lucky: if the moveable rear wing had worked all the time, I could easily have passed Hamilton down the straight, but instead we had to fight hard. He defended very well and, unfortunately, we touched: that broke my wing and I had to come back into the pits to change it, thus losing any chance of getting to the podium. These things happen.”

Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari team principal
“We cannot be pleased with this result, because today, we had the possibility to finally leap up onto the podium. Two incidents, linked one to a reliability issue (a failure of the moveable rear wing on Fernando’s car) and one at a pit stop (a problem with the left front at Felipe’s first stop) cost us very dear. It’s a shame.”

Kamui Kobayashi (7th)

“I had a good car, the team did a great job, and I’m particularly happy we were able to score our first points here. The strategy with only two stops was a little bit risky, but I think it worked out quite well.

“I had some nice and fair battles with Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher, which I enjoyed.”

James Key, Sauber technical director
“The result was excellent for us. We are happy to get some points after what happened in Melbourne and, if you like, this is where it starts for us.”

Sweet taste of success for Vettel again

Sebastian Vettel held off a late charge from Jenson Button to win a thrilling Malaysian Grand Prix.

Vettel, starting on pole, only relinquished his lead during the pitstops as he secured his fourth consecutive victory and the twelfth of his career.

Vettel said: “We could control it [the race], but it was never easy. When Jenson was behind me I could control the gap.”

Renault’s Nick Heidfeld joined him and Button on the podium after holding off Mark Webber in the closing laps.

The Ferrari pair of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso finished fifth and sixth, ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.

But Alonso and Hamilton were penalised after a crash while fighting over third and both had twenty seconds added to their time. Alonso stayed sixth but Hamilton was classified eighth behind Kamui Kobayashi.

Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher and Force India’s Paul di Resta finished ninth and tenth respectively. The Brit becomes first rookie to score points finishes in his first two races since Hamilton in 2007.

Vettel, without KERS, led into the first corner from the fast-starting Heidfeld who moved up from sixth. Hamilton and Button followed the two Germans but Webber made a dreadful start slipping from third to tenth.

The top-four stayed as they were until the first round of stops during which Heidfeld slipped to fifth behind the two McLaren’s and Alonso as drizzle hit the track.

Webber’s entertaining comeback drive was epitomised by a thrilling battle with Kobayashi early on as the impact of the new Drag Reduction System (DRS) became evident.

A slow third-stop for Hamilton with twenty laps to go allowed Button to take second and left him in the clutches of the charging Alonso.

Alonso tried to pass Hamilton on lap 46 into turn four but got too close behind the Brit and clipped the McLaren’s right-rear tyre and damaged his front-wing.

The Spaniard pitted for a new front-wing as Hamilton appeared unscathed. But the McLaren slowed as his tyres fell away and was overtaken by Heidfeld and Webber before making a fourth-stop with just four laps left.

He came out just behind Petrov in eighth only for the Russian to spectacularly crash three laps from the finish. Petrov ran wide at turn eight and shot in the air off a grass mound and his steering wheel came off in his lands as he landed.

Alonso was pleased with Ferrari’s performance despite the tangle with Hamilton.

Today we were fighting with the McLarens and Webber – and that was a surprise for us,” he said.

But Hamilton was less happy and appeared very downbeat at the end.

“This is racing, I guess,” Hamilton said dejectedly. “I started second and did everything I could to keep up and I don’t really have too much to say.

“It started [when] I got stuck behind Heidfeld, I had Jenson on my inside and Heidfeld on my outside so squashed into Turn One.

“It was difficult to defend without hitting them but that’s racing sometimes.

“Through the race, my tyres went off, we boxed [pitted] too early, that made us box earlier again, all the time we were boxing early.

“My tyres were done on the end. I have to take it on the chin and see how it goes,” said the 2008 world champion.

Williams and Hispania endured frustrating days as both cars retired. Neither team has managed a finish in the first two races.

They will have to regroup quickly with the Chinese Grand Prix next weekend.