Setting the scene for the Malaysian Grand Prix

Setting the scene for the Malaysian Grand Prix

One down, 19 to go, and already the pressure's on for Felipe Massa at Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton at McLaren, as Edd Straw reports from the Sepang paddock as the build-up to the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix continues

When Ferrari flops, it inevitably triggers a feeding frenzy in the Italian media. Felipe Massa has had plenty of time to come to terms with the fact that, barring a miraculous turnaround in form, he will be cast aside at the end of the season. Out of contract, he could hardly have any complaints if his performance level in 2012 mirrors that of the previous two seasons. But thanks to Ferrari's struggles, the goalposts have shifted dramatically.

Once again, the Brazilian finds himself under severe pressure, with the Italian media suggesting all manner of candidates queuing up to grab his seat. As Massa pointed out when he faced the media today, it's not an unusual situation for him to be in.

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