| FERNANDO Alonso bounced back from a difficult 2011 season when he roared to victory today at the Malaysian Grand Prix for the third time in his career.
Having snapped up the trophy in Sepang with Renault in 2005 and again with McLaren in 2007, the Oviedo-born twice world champion (pictured) was back on the podium today for the 28th time in his career, this time with Ferrari, ahead of second-placed Sergio Pérez from México, for Sauber.
The UK's Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) took third place, a repeat of his performance last week at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, despite taking pole position yesterday.
And Germany's Michael Schumacher, seven times world champion, has as yet failed to make it into the top three in the past five years.
Last year, Spain's Fernando Alonso regularly missed the podium during a season effectively dominated by Germany's Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), who was forced to retire after lap 47 when his left-hand back tyre blew.
The anecdote of the day was Finland's Kimi Raikkonen, 2007 world champion and today in fifth place, buying everyone ice-creams to celebrate.