What are we to expect in Malaysia 2014?

What are we to expect in Malaysia?

Rain, as likely as not. And lots to do, for all of the teams, especially for the ten which need to recoup the lag behind the day’s most powerful race leader: Mercedes.

As usual, he who is first to guess right the pole position and the second pole position in Malaysia race and qualifications will get our T-shirt. Leave your predictions at the end of the editorial.


Circuit features


Lap length 5543 m
Race laps 56
Race distance 310.408 km
Pole position left-hand side of the track
Lap record 1’34.223 by Juan Pablo Montoya, in 2004
Maximum speed 303 kph
DRS zones pit straight and final straight
Distance from grid to first turn 660 m

Car performance



Full throttle 65%
Longest flat-out section 1029 m
Down force level high
Gear changes per lap 52
Fuel used per lap 2.4 kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel 0,096 s

Tyres: hard and mnedium

Top number of victories: Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel – 3 times per each.

We would say that, after the first Australian race, the picture should be clear, in terms of who wins and who does not. And so it is. However most of us are in for a great surprise, as to how much the team cars will be improved over this year, even prior to Malaysia race.

We believe that no one can beat Mercedes in Malaysia, and then again we will not venture a prediction about who will come second. Williams looked fine and climbing the podium would have been in order for them in Australia, considering their race speed, had they not been involved with the incidents both their pilots ran into. Yet the way the Red Bull develop their car is amazing; and they may have gathered more information in Australia than from all of the winter tests they took. Which we believe will take them far and in the vicinity of the Williams, if not ahead of them. Neither have the Brits fully shown all their might, plus they, too, are sure to operate changes and improvements.

Our guess is McLaren will come fourth in Malaysia, while the F1 star, Ferrari, will follow, 5th. Ferrari’s fans may feel let down, yet we would advise patience, for this Italian team is surely tough.

We think Force India may come next, followed by Toro Rosso and Sauber. Lotus should come in front of belated Marussia and Caterham, maybe even in front of the Sauber team, eventually.

In terms of inside-team battles, we predict Vettel will overcome Riccioardo both in the race and in the qualifying, the way Alonso himself will come upfront of his Finnish colleague. McLaren’s Button may win the race with his co-pilot, and also the qualifying.

German Mercedes team is a hard nut to crack, so Hamilton may be dominated his partner in the qualifying, as well as in the race.

Grosjean will clearly beat Maldonado at all issues and Hulkenberg will come ahead of Perez, but not very much. Vergne will beat the Russian in qualifying, possibly not in the race, though.

Massa should get the podium with a new team and, obviously, come better than Bottas, while Sutil will continue domineering over his colleague Gutierrez.

Kobayashi ahead of Ericcson, while Marussia is hard to say, with Bianchi first, we think.

F1 Manager predictions for qualifying: Rosberg, Hamilton, Button.

F1 Manager predictions fo race: Rosberg, Button, Massa or Vettel if he goes all the way through.





3 comentarii

  1. qualifying hamilton,rosberg

    race hamilton,rosberg,Magnussen

  2. Post By Ferrari

    Quali: Button, Rosberg
    Race: Rosberg, Massa

  3. Post By GoldStandard

    Quali: Hamilton, Rosberg…. Race: Hamilton, Rosberg….

    As for all the other predictions…. it really is a lottery. We’ve yet to see how Massa will perform. Are the Bulls ready to race? Kimi sounds lost at the moment. What will happen…. nobody knows 🙂

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