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Team by team analysis of Malaysian Grand Prix

SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - Team-by-team analysis of Sunday’s Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix (in current championship order):

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BRAWN GP (Jenson Button 1, Rubens Barrichello 5) Button took his second win in two races, and third of his career, after his second successive pole position. He made a slow start and dropped to fourth before fighting back. Barrichelloled for one lap but lost time in the pitstops.

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TOYOTA (Timo Glock 3, Jarno Trulli 4) Toyota’s second podium finish in a row, Glock taking the second of his career. Trulli, who had narrowly missed out on pole position, led for one lap (16). The tyre choice worked out better for Glock than the Italian.

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BMW-SAUBER (Nick Heidfeld 2, Robert Kubica retired) Heidfeld started 10th and lucked in to second place after making just one pitstop. He pitted seven laps earlier than planned and went on to full wet tyres. Kubica heard “strange noises” from his engine on the formation lap and lost power at the start. The car then caught fire with a suspected leakage in the pneumatic system.

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RENAULT (Fernando Alonso 11, Nelson Piquet 13) Alonso made a good start from ninth to third place but then held everyone up behind him before being steadily picked off. Piquet said his car was almost impossible to drive before the red flag.

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WILLIAMS (Nico Rosberg 8, Kazuki Nakajima 12) Rosberg led for the first 15 laps, or nearly half the race, after a great start. The rain then messed things up for him. Nakajima lost positions at the start and struggled to get past Piquet.

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TORO ROSSO (Sebastien Bourdais 10, Sebastien Buemi 16) Bourdais took several tyre gambles that did not pay off. Buemi went off at turn five, spun into the gravel and stalled after 30 laps. He had earlier broken his front wing.

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RED BULL (Mark Webber 6, Sebastian Vettel 15) Webber took the team’s first points of the season but he would have been third if there had been one more lap. Vettel went off at turn seven on standing water with his intermediate tyres badly worn. The anti-stall did not work.

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MCLAREN (Lewis Hamilton 7, Heikki Kovalainen retired) Hamilton took McLaren’s first point of the season after being stripped of third place in Australia for “deliberately misleading” stewards. Kovalainen made a mistake and spun off at the fifth corner on the first lap. Two retirements in two races, with the safety car completing more laps than him so far.

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FORCE INDIA (Adrian Sutil 17, Giancarlo Fisichella 18) Fisichella slid off one lap before the race was halted. Sutil was in the pits when the red flags came out. Force India are still ahead of champions Ferrari, however.

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FERRARI (Felipe Massa 9, Kimi Raikkonen 14)

No points from two races continued their worst start to a season since 1992 (when they also failed to score in the opening two races). Raikkonen was already in the garage when the race was halted, his car suffering a problem with the KERS energy recovery system. Massa just missed out.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Editing by Clare Fallon; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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