Setting the scene for Malaysia

Setting the scene for Malaysia

As the tension between Red Bull and McLaren begins to rise amid the sticky heat of the Sepang paddock, Edd Straw looks at the potential weather pitfalls facing Red Bull, and the rest of the F1 paddock, and explains why this weekend could be a tale of three teams

A little after four o'clock in the afternoon, Sebastian Vettel sat in Red Bull hospitality, struggling to be heard over the rain lashing down on the roof and the occasional clap of thunder.

"It rains every day here, so the question is really when," said Vettel. "Right now is more or less when we start the race and there is a higher chance in the afternoon of heavier rain than at lunchtime or in the morning. There is a point when there is so much water that we can't control the cars, so we have to stop running."

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