2012 Malaysian Grand Prix - RESULTS

Fernando Alonso is F1's shock world championship leader, after Malaysian rain shook up the order at Sepang. "It's a tough time for us at the moment, but we will remember this day," said the Ferrari ...

Fernando Alonso is F1's shock world championship leader, after Malaysian rain shook up the order at Sepang.

"It's a tough time for us at the moment, but we will remember this day," said the Ferrari driver, who finished ahead of another surprise podium-sitter, Sauber's Sergio Perez.

The young Mexican was catching Alonso at a rate of knots when he made a mistake.

"I think the win was possible," Perez, who has been linked with Felipe Massa's works Ferrari seat, said after beating the back-to-back 2012 polesitter Lewis Hamilton.

Former Toro Rosso driver and BBC radio commentator Jaime Alguersuari, however, was not overly impressed.

"The team did a fantastic strategy to put Perez on the right tyres at the right moment. For me, that's it," said the Spaniard.

Back-to-back world champion Sebastian Vettel had an horror Sunday, cutting a tyre whilst passing an HRT and eventually retiring with what Red Bull described on the radio as an "emergency" technical problem.

The German lies sixth in the drivers' world championship, four points behind Perez and 17 off the lead.

Title leader Alonso, meanwhile, is not overly happy with the rain-soaked win.

"I think it changes nothing," he said. "We are in a position that we do not want, fighting to get into Q3."

Team boss Stefano Domenicali agreed: "I hope this helps the people at home to push, but we were not stupid yesterday and we are not phenomenal today."

The Italian also denied that Perez's debut podium is the ideal time to immediately pluck the Mexican from Sauber and put him in struggling Felipe Massa's red car.

"Not true, not true," Domenicali told British Sky television.

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 56 2:44:51.812 8 25
2 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 56 +2.2 secs 9 18
3 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 56 +14.5 secs 1 15
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 56 +17.6 secs 4 12
5 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 56 +29.4 secs 10 10
6 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 56 +37.6 secs 13 8
7 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 56 +44.4 secs 14 6
8 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 56 +46.9 secs 18 4
9 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 56 +47.8 secs 16 2
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 56 +49.9 secs 3 1
11 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 56 +75.5 secs 5  
12 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 56 +76.8 secs 15  
13 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 +78.5 secs 7  
14 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 56 +79.7 secs 2  
15 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 +97.3 secs 12  
16 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 55 +1 Lap 19  
17 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 20  
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 55 +1 Lap 24  
19 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 54 +2 Laps 11  
20 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 21  
21 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 23  
22 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 22  
Ret 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 46 Brakes 17  
Ret 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 3 Spin 6

Note - Kovalainen qualified 19th, but penalised five grid spots for safety-car infringement at previous round. Raikkonen qualified 5th, but penalised five grid spots for unscheduled gearbox change.

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