ANYTHING can happen in F1. It’s ‘IF’ spelt backwards after all.
In light of this, here is what to look out for this weekend at the Malaysia Grand Prix.
It often rains during the race, and when I say “it rains”, it really rains. This means a Mercedes precession is not guaranteed. But that’s never guaranteed in a totally dry race either, truth be told.
Will Ferrari and Williams cause the two Mercedes problems? The Scuderia have shown impressive pace in the early parts of this season, and Williams are still the top Mercedes customer team.
The midfield battle between Force India and the resurgent Sauber and Toro Rosso may see Red Bull’s unvoluntary involvement. Daniel Ricciardo may just escape this fight. Team-mate Daniil Kvyat, maybe not.
Both Lotus cars failed to complete more than one lap of the Australian Grand Prix between them. And remember they now have Mercedes engines. Also, don’t forget that Grosjean has nine podiums to his name and Maldonado has won a race.
How will Fernando Alonso fare on his return to McLaren and F1 in general after his testing crash? He’s won thrice in Malaysia with three different teams.
Just how far off the pace will the McLaren-Honda be second time out?
Will Manor fall foul of the 107% Rule in qualifying?
Please comment below what you are looking out for this race weekend.