With six races remaining in this year’s Formula 1 race calendar, the upcoming grand prix in Malaysia is sure to be full of excitement and energy as teams scramble to fight for remaining points and podium finishes.
Mercedes Hopes To Secure Constructors Title In Malaysia
Mercedes AMG Petronas is looking to finally clinch this year’s Constructors Champion title with a win in the upcoming Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix on Sunday. Will they be able to deliver a 1-2 finish at the podium?
“Every time we think it can never repeat itself and be as good as that again, and yet we manage to do it again. And this year as well now, so early in the season we have the opportunity to clinch the constructors’ championship, which is phenomenal,” current points leader Nico Rosberg told Autoweek.
As of the moment, Mercedes does not have much of a challenge. The team leads the constructors’ standings with 538 points and Red Bull is far behind with just 316 points. This means it’s more than likely that Mercedes will be declared constructors’ champions by the time the race weekend wraps up in Malaysia.
Alonso Suffers A 30-Place Grid Penalty
Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso will be dealing with a 30-place grid penalty when the race gets underway in Malaysia on Friday. This is because according to a report from BBC, his McLaren Honda had its parts upgraded and also underwent a power unit change.
Alonso is expected to run the new engine during the first practice session on Friday. The team will then decide whether they will continue to use the said power unit for the second practice session.
It seems Alonso, however, is not unfazed by the penalty and engine change. ” We had a plan at the middle of the season which races were the best ones to pay the penalties,” he explained. ” This one was one of the best because the conditions change here and the rain may come.”
Jenson Button To Celebrate 300th Race
Despite McLaren Honda’s engine woes, the team is also looking to do a bit of celebrating during the upcoming race weekend. For one thing, their other driver Jenson Button will soon be participating in his 300th race.
“It definitely sucks you in, Formula One. It doesn’t let go for a long time, as long as you are performing. So it’s been a great ride to 300, a very exciting career to this point, and if any of these guys can achieve it around me, fair play to them, because it’s a long time doing the same thing,” said Button about soon joining the exclusive 300 club.
As for his immediate future, a recent report from Guardian reveals that the Brit driver will soon be taking a sabbatical with Stoffel Vandoorne stepping in for Button in 2017.
McLaren chairman and chief executive Ron Dennis, however, refuses to say that Button will soon be retiring. “Retirement is not the word,” he explained. “Jenson will continue to be a senior, influential and committed member of the team and he’ll also be available to race for us if circumstances require it.”