It was pretty obvious who the class of the field was in Malaysia. The Ferrari really was not a factor with 3 engine changes for the team. Renault showed their stuff on sunday with a perfect v8 run on their second race. Fisi's engine didn't have as many miles on it with his mapping problems in Bahrain; nevertheless, they both made it home. I don't list their success as a surprise because half of me expected them to do well, the other half hoped they wouldn't for competition sake.
With all the mixup in the field because of so many engine changes, one would expect a lot of passing, and it probably happened. But I didn't get that feeling from the F1 feed on Speed TV. To me, the coverage was focused on the front of the grid and I didn't know what was happening elsewhere. F1 suffers from letting the world feed being produced by the country they race in. It sometimes, like Malaysia, is less than spectacular.
1 Mercades engine:
Although Kimi didn't last long in the race, Montoya's Mercedes made it 2 races.
Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised they did well, but after sucking so bad in Bahrain, it looking bad in qualifying, it was surprised they were 7th & 8th.
After such a good result in Barhain, Nico's Cosworth blewup and Webber suffered hydraulic leakes.
Button did well again, and Rubens didn not.. It's early for him yet, but I'd like to see him have some success and show he is better than Button.
They are starting to look more like Jaguar-F1 everyday.