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Déjà vu in the desert

ROUND 4 – Bahrain, 21 April 2013, Sakhir

1st: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault), 1hr 36m 00.498 (av. race speed 192.632 km/h)
2nd: Kimi Raïkkönen (Lotus Renault), gap: 9.111s
3rd: Romain Grosjean (Lotus Renault), gap: 19.507s

Fastest Lap: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault), 1:36.961 = 200.938 km/h on lap 55

Pole Position: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 1:32.330 = 211.017 km/h

‘Slow' Or 'Multi-21, Seb': The Message Stays The Same

For Formula 1 fans with long memories, Sepang 2013 was a chilling throwback to events in 1982 when the controversial subject of ‘team orders’ was at the heart of one of the sport’s most deeply-felt tragedies.

We’ll get to that shortly, but in case you’re wondering, ‘team orders’ are not new: they’ve been around ever since the World Championship began back in the Fifties, and at first they were a pretty straightforward element of the racing scene.

ROUND 2 - Malaysia 22-24 March 2013

Venue: Sepang
Circuit Length: 5.543 Km
Laps: 56
Lap Record: 1:34.223 = 211.782 km/h - J. Montoya (Williams BMW) 2004

Odd note:
Melbourne, post-race press conference: a questioner asks Sebastian Vettel if he has seen the weather forecast for Sepang, where apparently it is going to rain on Friday… and Saturday… and Sunday: will this affect his strategy? “Have you been to Malaysia?” Seb retorts. “It rains every day there!”

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