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Nine different teams in Malaysia top ten 26 Mar 2012

Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C31 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012 battle.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, 25  March 2012 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7 and Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams FW34 battle.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, 25  March 2012 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27 leads at the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, 25 March 2012

Amid the excitement generated by Fernando Alonso’s victory for Ferrari at Sepang on Sunday - and by Sergio Perez’s 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 sport’s 12 teams had a presence among the top-ten finishers (only Force India brought both cars home in the points) - something which hasn’t 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 didn’t arise until round six of the season in Monaco. And 14 of the field’s 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 month’s 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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