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Alonso Has Surprise Win in Malaysia

The past weekend marked a thrilling Malaysian Grand Prix, at a humid, rain swept Sepang. It also saw a surprise win for Fernando Alonso, with Ferrari.

The event saw McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton win his second pole position in a row. He overtook team mate Jenson Button at its famous first corner. Then, at lap six, the circuit was hit by a tropical storm. It was brought on by moisture in the air and high temperature. This led to the safety car being deployed and the race being stopped for almost 60 minutes

However, when action resumed, things seemed to go downhill for McLaren. The fourteenth lap saw most drivers change to intermediate tyres. Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa had a pit stop behind Hamilton, but Alonso tore out the pits ahead of him. Lewis’ compatriot Button had pitted at the 13th lap. It was then that disaster struck. Jenson collided with Narain Karthikeyan, from India, driving with HRT. This pretty much put him out of the race.

Sebastian Vettel also crashed with Karthikeyan. This made him finish out of the points, in 11th position. Hamilton, on the other hand, struggled to keep up with both Alonso and Sergio Pérez. The Mexican seemed set for a surprise victory at the 50th lap. It looked as if he might pass his Spanish rival. Unfortunately, a stretch of wet circuit cost him his spot. The Sauber driver had to settle for coming second, while Lewis Hamilton was third.

Although, in the end, the event was a triumph for Fernando Alonso He finished the race in first place, under the stifling Malaysian heat.

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