Once again we come to the eve of another race, and what with all the controversy surrounding the opening of the 2009 Formula One World Championship, it feels like mid-season already. Alas, it has only just begun, and continuing on from Australia, now is your chance to pick a winner from the Sepang grid. A couple of penalties have been applied and this means two very fast drivers will be out of position as the lights go out tomorrow. Can Sebastian Vettel and Rubens Barrichello comeback, or will it be a runaway victory for Button?
The Toyotas are looking menacing in second and third, and Rosberg will want to get a good result to capitalise on the early-season pace the FW31 promises. Looking at the car weights following qualifying, you’d have to say it is fairly even at the front, but Trulli is ever so slightly lighter and might be able to get the legs on Button into T1 and through the following sequence of corners.
Robert Kubica, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso could come into play later in the race as they appear to be heavier and will stretch out the first stint, almost certainly on the harder compound tyres. And as always, you cannot rule out the ruthless charges of Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa, who start well down the field in twelfth and sixteenth respectively. The rules of the vote are strict though, and only the top ten starters are included, so chose wisely.
Have your say, who’s your favourite to win the 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix.
- The Malaysian Grid can be viewed here: Malaysia 2009: The Grid.
- The Malaysian Car Weights can be viewed here: Malaysia 2009: Post-Qualifying Car Weights.