Nine different teams in Malaysia top ten 26 Mar 2012
Amid the excitement generated by Fernando Alonsos victory for Ferrari at Sepang on Sunday - and by Sergio Perezs superb second place for Sauber - one fascinating statistic almost fell by the wayside: one that illustrates just how competitive Formula One racing is in 2012.
An amazing nine of the sports 12 teams had a presence among the top-ten finishers (only Force India brought both cars home in the points) - something which hasnt happened since Europe 2010. Not only that, incredibly, those ten cars were covered by less than 50 seconds after an intense 310.408 kilometres of racing.
As a result, with just two rounds of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship gone, nine teams - 75 percent of the grid - have scored points. Last year that situation didnt arise until round six of the season in Monaco. And 14 of the fields 24 drivers are already off the mark.
It means that with no clear pecking order having yet emerged, the paddock goes into the three-week break before next months 2012 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix safe in the knowledge that the battle for the 2012 titles is one of the most open in years - great news for Formula One fans!
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