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McLarens reign at Sepang

McLaren completed a one-two finish at the 2007 Malaysia F1 grand prix to herald a new era for the team after Fernando Alonso came up as winner followed by Lewis Hamilton.

In a race in which Ferrari's Felipe Massa threatened to dominate in the lead up, it was the McLaren who dominated where it counted most and Alonso got his first win for his new team.

Starting from pole, Ferrari's Massa could not take the lead as Alonso surged forward from the start and it was when he slipped off the track while trying to overtake Hamilton that his hopes for a podium finish evaporated.

Kimi Raikkonen completed the podium places with another fine drive and he couldn't win his fight for second place with Hamilton and had to settle for third.

Last year's winner Giancarlo Fisichella could only finish sixth for Renault but his fellow Renault driver Heikki Kovalainen finished in eighth. I think that was the only consolation for Renault that both their drivers finished in the points.

BMW Sauber showed once again that they will be a force to reckon with this term after Nick Heidfeld finished fourth again although fellow driver Robert Kubica did not finish the race.

Australian Mark Webber finished just outside the points this time in tenth and this was a slight improvement after finishing thirteenth in Melbourne.

So I am looking forward to the next race next week in Bahrain to see whether McLaren can continue from where they have left at Sepang and also to see whether Massa can score points where it matter most - the race.

all McLaren needs now is reliability, they have got the drivers and Alonso is proving his worth, after his former manager had said he is not as good as he looks.
Hamilton, what a wonder his father is scared what will happen next.
I see Renault bouncing back, not for the championship but just to be in contention, Ferrari will definitely work hard to spoil the party for McLaren...
McLaren have to deal with the tyre change that seems to be affecting Hamilton. You can be fast but you need a good balance, a thing that affected Williams, BMW will continue to improve but they are still behind Ferrari and McLaren...Honda is just shocking, the technical team is to blame.

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