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Vettel leads Red Bull 1-2 at Sepang

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04/04/2010

After the mayhem of yesterday's qualifying session, it is widely expected that we are in for much of the same today, and in all honesty, most fans will be relishing the prospect.

In the wake of the soporific season opener, everyman and his dog had an opinion on how to spice up races and increase overtaking. One of the most common suggestions was that grid be reversed, thereby leaving the pace-setters with no option but to overtake the slower cars at the front.

Thanks to today's crazy, mixed-up grid, we'll hopefully get to see whether such a plan would work.

While Adrian Sutil, Nico Hulkenberg and Kamui Kobayashi get to mix it with the likes of Webber, Vettel, Rosberg, Kubica and Schumacher, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will find themselves surrounded by the likes of Trulli, Chandhok, Glock, Senna and di Grassi.

Even in the dry such a topsy-turvy grid would be a wonder to behold as it sorts itself out, should a Monsoon deluge hit Sepang as expected, the possibilities are endless.

Yesterday's qualifying was described as a lottery, and so it was. However, that shouldn't detract from an excellent call by Webber and his team and several other incredible performances. Nor does it excuse the shambolic efforts of McLaren and Ferrari.

Consequently, bearing in mind that we are facing the prospect of a lottery, it would be futile to attempt to make predictions, for as we know from experience on days like this anything can happen, and usually does.

That said, while there remains concern as to the reliability of the Red Bulls, should the weather gods let rip this will put less strain on the cars than in a flat-out dry race. However, whatever the conditions, it will be fascinating to see how Sebastian handles Mark, because, after the disappointment of Bahrain and Melbourne, the German badly needs to add to his tally.

Nico Rosberg must go into today's race believing that a podium is the very least he can hope for, while Adrian Sutil will be happy simply to open his 2010 points account, particularly in light of his disappointment in the opening races.

Having failed to live up to expectations thus far, it will be interesting to see how Nico Hulkenberg fares today, the German youngster widely tipped as the new Schumacher, or is that new Vettel. As added motivation, Nico has his Williams teammate, the highly experienced Rubens Barrichello, starting right behind.

After his superb performance in Melbourne, Robert Kubica, and his team, will enter today's race with spirits raised. After a lacklustre season in 2009, the Pole appears to have rediscovered his form.

It will be interesting to see how Barrichello deals with former teammate Michael Schumacher, who starts alongside, the German really needing a result today, if only to (temporarily) silence the media.

We're not sure why, but other than levelling the field, bad weather also appears to bring out the best in Japanese drivers, therefore it will be interesting to see if Kamui Kobayashi can continue where he left off at the end of 2009, while Tonio Liuzzi has a good chance of scoring points in his third successive race.

As for Button, Hamilton, Alonso and Massa, all we can say is sit back and enjoy the ride. Whatever the conditions, each of them has to deal not only with one another, but those that stand in their way in term of places, points and - looking at the bigger picture - the title.

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