Malaysian Grand Prix Preview

It’s the second race weekend of the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship season and the show is moving to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia for what is sure to be an exciting affair.  We’ve already had drama in the week with the news of the German Grand Prix being dropped from the calendar.  This would come as a shock to many fans, espcially the Mercedes and Rosberg fans who would have loved to see Rosberg challenge for another win at his home Grand Prix.

Vettel fans would no doubt also be dissapointed at not seeing a German in a Ferrari at home this season.  This would have been the first time since Michael Schumacher dominated the field in the Italian car.  Moving onto other news, Fernando Alonso is back from injury and would be eager to get back onto the grid to see if he can stop the Mercedes-duo from running away with it again this season.

If his car would allow him to do so is a different matter as the McLaren didn’t perform well at all in Australia with Kevin Magnussen’s engine failing before the start of the race and Jenson Button finishing 11th, 2 laps off the pace. Let’s hope for Alonso’s sake they have straightenend out most of the niggles on the car for this weekend.  Lewis Hamilton returns to the Sepang circuit as the winner of last season’s race where he beat Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel to the flag as he lead from start to finish and set the tone for the rest of the 2014 season.

Nico Rosberg would want to prove that he’s got what it takes to beat Hamilton and keep the championship leader from extending his lead.  Sebastian Vettel will be pleased with his performance in Australia and it seems as though the Ferrari is not too far of the pace.  I don’t see anyone challenging Mercedes for the championship this season, but Ferrari will be pushing to the end.

Let’s see if Vettel can keeep up the fight.  The rest of the chasing pack will be lead by Williams and Red Bull and since we’ve only seen one race it’s too early to comment on their performances, but I believe that both have the personnel and potential to put up a brave fight for second position.  Daniel Ricciardo will be keen on winning another few races this season.

The Sepang International Circuit first staged a Formula 1 race in 1999 when Eddie Irvine came first for Ferrari.  The 5.5km track has become one of the fan-favourites over the years and is now a regular fixture on the calendar.  The question every Formula One fan would ask, can the Silver Arrows be stopped?

Or can Rosberg challenge Hamilton?  We’ll get the first clue on Sunday.