Malaysian Grand Prix 2012: Fernando Alonso wins

Alonso edges out dogged Perez to win rain-affected Malaysian Grand Prix

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UPDATED:

10:50 GMT, 25 March 2012

Fernando Alonso won his first race since last year's British Grand Prix as he held off the challenge of Sauber's Sergio Perez.

The race was red-flagged after just nine laps due to torrential rain but Alonso emerged as the strongest contender after a 40-minute delay.

He led from lap 16 but had to fight all the way to the chequered flag to keep Perez at bay.

Lewis Hamilton finished third after a disastrous pit stop on lap 15 while Jenson came home a disappointing 14th having required a new front wing after colliding with Narain Karthikeyan.

World champion Sebastian Vettel also finished outside the points after suffering a puncture.

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Leading the way: Fernando Alonso held off the challenge of Sergio Perez to win in Malaysia

Leading the way: Fernando Alonso held off the challenge of Sergio Perez to win in Malaysia

Slipping: Lewis Hamilton led behind the safety car but had to settle for third after a poor pit stop

Slipping: Lewis Hamilton led behind the safety car but had to settle for third after a poor pit stop

Torrential: The race was red flagged after the heavens opened and the McLarens struggled thereafter

Torrential: The race was red flagged after the heavens opened and the McLarens struggled thereafter

Struggling: Sebastian Vettel suffered a puncture and finished outside the points

Struggling: Sebastian Vettel suffered a puncture and finished outside the points