With the heavy rainfall experienced in Sepang, all strategies went cleanly out of the window. All cars started on the soft tyre, the compound being not as soft as the super-softs Bridgestone took to Melbourne last weekend. Because of this, the soft tyre lasted a lot longer than the super-soft did and the durability meant that the drivers could use it for longer stints. The ruling about drivers using both compounds is negated when it rains, and as the drivers ended up swapping between the full wet weather tyre and the intermediate rubber, the hard compound was not used.
|Lewis Hamilton||Soft||Wet (22)||Int. (27)||Wet (31)|
|Kimi Raikkonen||Soft||Wet (18)||Int. (30)||Wet (31)||DNF|
|Felipe Massa||Soft||Wet (22)||Int. (30)||Wet (31)|
|Nick Heidfeld||Soft||Wet (22)|
|Fernando Alonso||Soft||Wet (22)||Int. (29)||Wet (31)|
|Nelson Piquet Jr.||Soft||Wet (22)||Int. (30)||Wet (31)|
|Jarno Trulli||Soft||Soft (17)||Wet (22)||Int. (29)||Wet (31)|
|Timo Glock||Soft||Soft (16)||Int. (26)||Wet (31)|
|Scuderia Toro Rosso|
|Sebastien Buemi||Soft||Soft (3)||Wet (22)||DNF|
|Sebastien Bourdais||Soft||Wet (21)||Int. (27)||Wet (31)|
|Red Bull Racing|
|Sebastian Vettel||Soft||Soft (14)||Wet (22)||Int. (27)||DNF|
|Mark Webber||Soft||Soft (17)||Wet (22)||Int. (30)||Wet (31)|
|Nico Rosberg||Soft||Soft (15)||Wet (22)||Int. (27)||Wet (31)|
|Kazuki Nakajima||Soft||Wet (22)||Int. (29)||Wet (31)|
|Giancarlo Fisichella||Soft||Soft (19)||Wet (29)||DNF|
|Adrian Sutil||Soft||Soft (16)||Wet (19)||Wet (32)|
|Jenson Button||Soft||Soft (20)||Wet (22)||Int. (30)||Wet (31)|
|Rubens Barrichello||Soft||Soft (21)||Wet (22)||Int. (29)||Wet (31)|
In reality, there isn’t much more to say about the strategies. The teams would have liked to have done two pitstops during the race, and they probably would have ended on the hard compound. Some may have been tempted to use the hard tyre in the middle, but with the threat of rain, why bother using something that they may not need to?
The only points that are worth mentioning are Ferrari’s gamble with Kimi Raikkonen on the full wet weather tyre, taken on lap 18. By lap 24, Raikkonen had radioed his team to say the grip had completely gone. Also of note is Timo Glock’s excellent timing, being the first to go to the intermediate tyre and also, just as everyone else was catching up, the first to revert to the full wet. Adrian Sutil did not return to the track after his final stop and finished in the pitlane.