D he Red Bull pilot sincerely wishes that at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday his susceptible 'defective can' did not bring him to the boil. 'I hope that my car is reliable and that I will finish,' said Vettel, who was pissed off after two technology failures in a row. Schumacher is already under public pressure after the sobering tenth place in Melbourne, but for the time being sees no realistic chance of winning: 'A podium place is currently the maximum for us.'
Schumacher relies on the Fun factor
The seven-time world champion from Kerpen declared on Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur that it would be difficult to drive very close behind a man in front of the person in the Silver Arrow. Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug had stated after Melbourne that the turbulent air caused problems. But despite these disadvantages, Schumacher calmly placed the fun factor in the foreground after Australia: 'I will enjoy it again in Sepang. We want to show a good race there again.' The Mercedes team is first in the capital Kuala Lumpur with a PR marathon the drum for the home race of the new main sponsor (Petronas). The planned photo shoot on Wednesday at the spectacular Twin Towers, the tallest twin building in the world, had to be canceled due to torrential rain. The demo lap in the Formula 1 racing car initially threatened to fall into the water. After the monsoon was over, Schumacher and Nico Rosberg were able to accelerate at the 'Petronas Pit Pulse' in light rain in front of a few thousand enthusiastic fans. Test driver Nick Heidfeld also drove the old Silver Arrow.
Italian newspapers mock Schumacher
The tropical climate could also change Grand Prix negatively affect the Silver Arrows. 'We have more problems in the heat,' admitted Schumacher. In addition, the MGP W01 tends to understeer in long curves like on the Sepang International Circuit. As a result, the 91-time Grand Prix winner will find it difficult to add a fourth to his three victories so far in Sepang. The Italian 'La Gazzetta dello Sport' scoffed at the former Ferrari star: 'The new Schumacher is just an ex-phenomenon. The German press criticizes him, the TV ratings drop and Rosberg beats himhim. '
The 5.543-kilometer course is one of Rosberg's favorite tracks.' Sepang is fast, challenging, has a nice layout and many different corners. That's why it's great to drive there, 'said the Wiesbadener.' We hope that we will continue to score points and stick to the championship leaders. 'Haug gave as a modest goal' to continue to score and the basis for to create further technical improvements '. Team principal Ross Brawn admitted that Mercedes' does not yet have the speed to fight for the top '.
The race in Malaysia is coming McLaren not exactly opposite
Australia winner Jenson Button also rated the chances for McLaren in Malaysia as relatively low. 'We know despite our sensational success in Melbourne and the resulting boost in motivation that Sepang doesn't suit our car as well as others. But I'm confident that we will fight for or close to the top, 'said the defending champion and current World Cup third party (31 points). Ferrari with World Cup leader Fernando Alonso (37 points) and second overall Felipe Massa (33) should be here be about as strong as McLaren.
From the paper form everything speaks for Vettel again. The Red Bull is the fastest racing car, and in Sepang it benefits from its aerodynamic efficiency. If the tech devil doesn't strike again , beckons the vice-world champion the first sense of achievement after double frustration. In order not to fall behind prematurely hopelessly in the title race, the seventh-placed Vettel has to score as full as possible in view of only twelve instead of 50 possible points to reduce the deficit. 'If the box holds, I'm confident, 'said the 22-year-old.