First off, a service announcement. As will have been noticed, there's a significant increase in spam comments this year compared to last. I don't have the ability to delete these myself, at the time of writing, but am hoping to acquire it. With luck, this will be in the next day or two, but there's a three week gap to China so I should have it by then.
It turns out that Webber's bad start was at least partly due to an ECU (electronic box thingy) that McLaren provide to all teams failing. This is a very rare failure and they've apologised to Red Bull:
Rain is possible for qualifying and the race, and the tyres used will be medium and hard. It's worth remembering that without rain Malaysia is very unlikely to see a safety car because the track is wide and there are tons of run-off areas.
Both practice sessions were dry.
P1 saw Webber fastest, followed by Raikkonen and then Vettel. Alonso, Rosberg and Sutil were next, with Massa, Di Resta, Hamilton and Grosjean rounding out the top 10.
P2 had Raikkonen top, with Vettel second, and the Ferraris of Massa and Alonso next. Webber, Grosjean, Rosberg, Di Resta, Hamilton and Sutil finish off the top 10.
At this stage Raikkonen looks good, as do the Ferraris and Red Bulls. It seems Force India are continuing to punch above their weight and the McLarens remain rubbish (11/13 and 11/12).
P3 is from 5am to 6am UK time, and qualifying starts at 8am, so I won't be offering a tip on that. At the time of writing a thunderstorm is slightly odds-on. If you believe that then you may wish to consider a McLaren bet, as their car appeared more competitive in the wet last week.