After crashing at the test in Barcelona and missing the season opener in Australia, McLaren says that its star driver Fernando Alonso is ready to get back in the cockpit for the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend.
For the second year in a row, the Malaysian Grand Prix ended in a controversy over team orders - the commands from teams ordering teammates to let each other pass for positions. Whereas last year's fiasco surrounded Red Bull Racing, Williams is now under the microscope following last weekend's race.
The action and glamor of a Formula One race coming to town is usually more than enough to shine an international spotlight on a host country, but Malaysia has made headlines recently for another reason entirely. That, of course, would be the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370. But with the two events coming together, something's going to have to give, and unfortunately in this case, it's the grieving families of the flight's passengers.
If you were watching the Malaysian Grand Prix early Sunday morning, you may have picked up on something that seemed a little fishy. Sergio Perez, who's only in his second year on the Formula One grid having debuted with Sauber just last season, was way up in second place, ahead of proven race winners and World Champions. That was surprising enough, but what raised some eyebrows is what happened when he closed the gap in front of him to Fernando Alonso, who was leading the race in the Ferrari F20
Formula 1 racing tends to work in cycles. One team is at the top for a year or two, then another emerges to dominate the next few. It's a trend that has seen the likes of Ferrari, McLaren, Renault (now known as Lotus) and even Brawn (today's Mercedes) win world championships, with Red Bull as the the most recent force to be reckoned with.