After McLaren's return from the dead at the season opener in Australia, the team are planning to mount a major offensive against Red Bull at the Malaysia GP. In Melbourne, Lewis Hamilton had to admit defeat to a confident victor, Sebastian Vettel, but that is set to change in Sepang. McLaren are pushing hard to take their first win and have already tried to psych out Red Bull in the run-up to the Grand Prix.
At the moment, Hamilton is of the opinion that he has the advantage over the reigning world champion. Yes, Vettel was quick but British hopes are riding on the fact that their opponents are having problems with KERS. It's by no means yet certain whether Red Bull will have the hybrid system up and running in time. In an effort to rub salt into Red Bull's supposed wound, Hamilton said, „I can't wait to deploy KERS and the moveable rear wing. The way the car propels you forward is just phenomenal. I think these two systems will make us look sensational, particularly in qualifying."
In Melbourne, the new systems had not been used to maximum effect; a downside of a city circuit with short straights. In Malaysia, it will be very different. The FIA has extended the zone where the moveable wing can be deployed to 700 metres. „Albert Park is a great track, but a circuit like Sepang will point up much better the differences between the two cars," concluded the 2008 world champion.