• McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, left, of Britain leads teammate Jenson Button, right, at the start of the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
  • McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads teammate Jenson Button into turn two at the start of the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - MARCH 25: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on March 25, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia steers his car through the rain during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - MARCH 25: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on March 25, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads teammate Jenson Button right, into turn one at the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
  • KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - MARCH 25: Safety car leads Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren and Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing during the Formula One Grand Prix of Malaysia at Sepang Circuit on March 25, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Vladimir Rys Photography via Getty Images)
  • KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - MARCH 25: Teams stand on the starting grid and wait for the restart of the race due to heavy rain during the Formula One Grand Prix of Malaysia at Sepang Circuit on March 25, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Vladimir Rys Photography/Getty Images)
  • McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain follows behind the safety car during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
  • Cars line up on the starting grid as the race is stopped due to the rain at the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Pool)
  • McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain drives into pit lane during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Pool)
  • Cars drive into the pit lane in heavy rain at the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Pool)
  • KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - MARCH 25: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives on his way to winning the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on March 25, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - MARCH 25: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives on his way to winning the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on March 25, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates as he passes his team on the pit lane wall after winning the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
  • KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - MARCH 25: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari holds off the challenge of Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 as he drives on his way to winning the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on March 25, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - MARCH 25: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on March 25, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • Sauber Formula One driver Sergio Perez of Mexico steers his car during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
  • Sauber Formula One driver Sergio Perez of Mexico celebrates with his team after finishing in second place at the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
  • Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates on the podium after winning the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
  • KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - MARCH 25: (L-R) Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali, second placed Sergio Perez (R) of Mexico and Sauber F1, race winner Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari and third placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren celebrate on the podium following the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on March 25, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

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