Nov 18, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Formula One driver Sergio Perez (15) and Pastor Maldonado (18) and Jenson Button (3) drive through turn one during the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

F1: Malaysian Grand Prix Preview

Last week the Formula One circuit kicked off the 2013 season with the Australian Grand Prix…this week they head to Asia for the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit.

Kimi Raikkonen made a message last weekend that Lotus has plenty of power and speed. Ferrari seems to agree but thinks that they can compete and do better than Lotus has so far. McLaren? They’ve struggling to find speed and have entertained the idea of possibly going back to their 2012 car before the season gets too far away from them.

There’s a good chance Fernando Alonso and Ferrari can back up their claims this weekend. Alonso is the defending race champion and looks to defend that title on Sunday.

It’s monsoon season and it appears that there are great chances of thunderstorms through out the entire weekend. That could damper the schedule and plans of the teams this weekend. If the weather stays dry, it means tire strategy will be a factor. The rough track surface has a reputation for being tough on tires.

Schedule:

Fri 22 March 2013

Practice 1    (Thu) 22:00 – 23:30

Practice 2    (Fri) 02:00 – 03:30

Sat 23 March 2013

Practice 3    01:00 – 02:00

Qualifying    04:00

Sun 24 March 2013

Race    04:00

Drivers Point Standings

  1. Kimi Raikkonen, 25
  2. Fernando Alonso, 18
  3. Sebastian Vettel, 15
  4. Felipe Massa, 12
  5. Lewis Hamilton, 10

Constructors Point Standings

  1. Ferrari, 30
  2. Lotus, 26
  3. Red Bull, 23
  4. Mercedes, 10
  5. Force India, 19

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