Why Mercedes needs to watch its back in Malaysia

Why Mercedes needs to watch its back in Malaysia

Mercedes' title challengers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg led the way in practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, but a new track surface and rivals' strong race pace means avoiding a repeat of its 2015 defeat will not be easy

On the bare face of it, the Mercedes Formula 1 team should feel utterly relaxed about its prospects for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finished both of Friday's free practice sessions one-two on the timesheet, with a chunky gap back to their nearest rivals.

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