Published on 23rd March 2012 12:40
Last Sunday we were racing in Australia and today, free practice has got underway for the Malaysian Grand Prix, the second round of the world championship. It’s a format the Formula 1 circus will get used to in 2012 as, this year, there are no less than seven sets of “back-to-back” races. It’s a punishing schedule, but this particular trip to what is the other side of the world for all the teams is perhaps the toughest: there is always a rush to get ready for the opening round of the season, the working day tends to be longer when the cars are new and after Melbourne, the teams then had to start work almost immediately in the physically draining heat and humidity of Sepang.
Races one week apart also mean the Scuderia’s F2012 is largely unchanged since the opening act in Albert Park. However, in a bid to wipe out all causes of Felipe Massa’s inability to get a coherent performance out of a car that appeared to suit him perfectly in winter tests, the Brazilian had a new chassis and some other parts were also changed.