Five themes to watch for in Malaysia

Five themes to watch for in Malaysia

The resumption of the all-McLaren battle at the front and two welcome appearances inside the top 10 by former champions make up just some of the things Edd Straw believes you should be looking out for during the Malaysian Grand Prix

Hamilton v Button part two

After waiting over two years for Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button to share the front row, in Malaysia it will happen for the second time in a week. Button ended up a tenth-and-a-half off Hamilton in qualifying, but after beating his team-mate away at Melbourne last weekend, he will fancy his chances of a repeat performance. If Hamilton can hold the lead at the start, the question is whether he will be able to manage his tyres as well as Button.

Whoever gets into the first corner in the lead will have opening call on when to make their pitstop, so all eyes will be on whether Hamilton can make his rear tyres last as well as Button's, in which case he could potentially force the other McLaren to do a lap on shot rubber and gain an advantage.

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