A quick update from the Stefan Grand Prix blog due to it’s authors recovery and treatment shows an exciting Malaysian Grand Prix Qualifying session, resulting in an upside down grid and two of the débutantes making it into Q2
The stand-out driver so far this season has been Hekki Kovalainen in his Lotus and he did not disappoint infront of the teams home crowd, beating nearest rival Timo Glock in the Virgin Racing. Both capitalised on mistakes by the Ferrari and McLaren drivers to make it into Q2 for the first time this year. Kovalainen lapped the Sepang circuit in 1 minute 52.270 seconds, 2 tenths faster than Glock. A result which left team boss Tony Fernandes delighted “To get 15th place in our home country, in front of our home crowd is amazing. I’m over the moon and just so excited. We gave the Toro Rossos a run for their money today and Jarno was just unfortunate to get blocked, otherwise he’d have been in Q2 as well. Tomorrow’s another day, and we’ll see what happens, but it’s a good step forward.Today we’ll enjoy it, and we’ll live for the day, and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”
The other stand out performance for the second weekend in a row was Karun Chandhok, who not only out qualified his team-mate Bruno Senna, but also for the first time this season, his Hispania Racing out-qualified Lucas Di Grassi in the Virgin Racing car. “I will start tomorrow’s race just behind Trulli, Alonso, Hamilton and Massa.” Chandhok said after qualifying. “The weather was not looking good in the afternoon before qualifying and I was not sure if it would hold until the qualifying session as well. It didn’t and that gave us our first wet experience driving the car for the first time in heavy rain. I made the best of it.”
For the second year in a row, the start time for the Malaysian Grand Prix has been put back for the convenience of the European audience. However, this has placed the race firmly into the grasp of the Malaysian monsoons which cleans the days events as regular as clock work. For those of us who will now watch the Grand Prix with less sleepy eyes, we will have greater clarity of the entertainment unfolding beneath the Asian cyclones.
15. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:52.875 1:52.270 16. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:52.398 1:52.520 17. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:52.211 18. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:52.884 19. Alonso Ferrari 1:53.044 20. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:53.050 21. Massa Ferrari 1:53.283 22. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:56.299 23. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:57.269 24. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:59.977