The chequered flag may only have just fallen in Australia but already it’s on to muggy Kuala Lumpar for Round 2 of the 2012 championship. It doesn’t seem like a long time since the Sepang circuit joined the calendar, yet the race this Sunday will be the fourteenth running of the Malaysian Grand Prix. Weather is always notoriously difficult to predict, with a high chance of thunderstorms likely late in the afternoon – exactly when most of the on-track action takes place.
There are, it turns out, two Kimi Raikkonens. The public face of the 2007 world champion, who has returned to Formula 1 this season after two years in rallying, is of a monosyllabic, monotone, unsmiling figure, energised only the moment he steps into a racing car.