Five themes to watch for in Malaysia

Five themes to watch for in Malaysia

AUTOSPORT's Formula 1 editor Edd Straw picks the five key storylines ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix

RED BULL UNDER PRESSURE

Even though things are going well on the KERS front, which was reckoned to be Red Bull's only Achilles' Heel heading to Malaysia, 'Scuderia Milton Keynes' is under massive pressure from McLaren. It took a mighty lap from Sebastian Vettel to deny Lewis Hamilton pole position by one tenth of a second, setting up what could be a thrilling four-horse race at the front.

But it could be a very different proposition in the race as it's likely that Red Bull has prioritised ensuring that its tyre degradation is good enough for Sunday afternoon. The question is whether McLaren will continue the pattern of Australia and be more competitive relative to Red Bull on Sunday than in qualifying?

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