The 2014 Formula One Grand Prix season moves onto its second venue of the year, Malaysia, bringing with it all of the potential dramas that unfolded in the opening race. Engine failures, tricky handling characteristics, driver errors, Vettel almost crying… It was an action packed weekend! The teams and drivers now face the challenging humidity of the climate for the Malaysian Grand Prix. How will the new cars cope with the heat? Rosberg Fastest in Malaysia.
The practice sessions have again revealed Mercedes-Benz to have a strong package. Nico Rosberg was fastest in FP2 carrying the momentum forward from his victory in Australia. His team mate, Hamilton, clocked in 4th fastest but due to various test and fuel loads clearly was not running at his quickest. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was 2nd suggesting that the red cars might have found some of their missing pace. Alonso was 5th but, like Hamilton, hasn’t really unveiled his true potential. Sebastian Vettel was 3rd in his Red Bull, showing the expected competitiveness of the generally fragile RB10. Daniel Ricciardo will be looking to put his disqualification in Australia behind him but only managed 7th fastest today. It was another promising day for Williams with strong performances from both drivers contrasting the fortunes of Lotus who continue to have troubles.
Qualifying tomorrow will reveal just how much the teams have learnt about their 2014 cars from their debut.