I was sleeping soundly before a loud noise of thunder crashed in the sky woke me up. I had a peek through the window and I could see that it’s raining heavily out there. It’s 2 hours before the race and I was wondering if it’s raining too in Malaysia because it’ll be a lot fun to watch F1 when it comes with the rain…
When the race started, the sky was overcast and gray but all the teams were using soft-dry tyres. None of them were using wet tyres even though after the first round of pit stop but Kimi, who had a quite late pit stop compared to the others had switched to wet tyres during his first pit stop. Thus, the commentators were saying that maybe it’s really going to rain in the next couple of minutes but surprisingly, other cars who pitted after him still opted to use dry tyres and everybody was wondering, was this some part of Ferrari strategy or Ferrari had made a bad decision again?
The race before that was kind of boring due to the lack of overtaking made by drivers and everybody was having a nice and safe race but just a few minutes after the first round of the pit stop, tiny drops had started to pour down and everybody was pitting again to change the tyres into full wet tyres. At this moment, I thought Kimi had a better chance to improve his position as he already had his wet tyres on but he didn’t improve so much. I have no idea why he can’t make it! Whoever in charge of race strategies for Ferrari is really sucks! Oh wait, wasn’t my beloved Schumi responsible for the job after they sacked Brawn? Sighed!
It’s kind of interesting to watch the race when the rain has started to pour because the teams were pitting so often, switching between dry, intermediate and fully wet tyres and there were a lot of overtaking too and timo glock was the famous guy when it comes to race strategies today as he chose intermediate tyres when everybody was on wet tyres and that kind of giving him a lot of advantages as he had increased his pace. Looking to that kind of strategies, I can see that there’s a lot of improvement from Toyota this season and at least one of the driver had won the podium for each race.
Just a few minutes after that, driving through the torrential rain has became almost impossible and I could listen from the radio team, someone had described it as ‘undrivable’ and as lighting was seen to struck around the circuit and visibility deteriorated, the race director, Charlie Whiting had decided to suspend the race until the weather improved. Ergo, the race was red flagged after 32 laps! It was the second time of my life that I watched the race had been stop due to rain. During the ‘pause’ a lot of funny scene can be seen. One of them was when due to unknown reason, Kimi’s car was in garage and a couple minutes after that, he was out of his racing suit and was seeing eating ice-cream in the garage! Haha~ he’s really enjoying his break. (some said that he was thinking whether to retire or not due to his car condition but for me, seeing the way he enjoyed his ice-cream and walked to the fridge happily looked like he’d already made his decision)
After about half an hour later, when the rain at least had began to stop, they made an announcement that the race was not going to be restarted. OMG! No, it couldn’t be happening. There were still 24 laps to go but as the darkness approach, so restarted was ruled out. Can’t they continue the race tomorrow??
In the end, they decided to choose the winner according to the driver position before the race had been stopped. Thus, this had make Jenson Button to continue with the victory today despite his poor start. Nick Heidfeld finished second, and Timo Glock was third and only half points were awarded to the winner since 75 percent of the race was not completed as a total of 42 laps had to be run to ensure the full points. What a race, Malaysia~
A quote from Nick Heidfield ; “Here, the rain is far from normal. When the Heavens open, everything disappears under water in no time.”