McLaren set to be quick in Sepang

Updated: March 20, 2012

McLaren has warned its rivals that it could be even stronger in the Malaysian Grand Prix because its car excels on the type of high speed corners that are a feature of Sepang.

Although Jenson Button was in a class of his own in Melbourne, his team boss Martin Whitmarsh suggests that the Albert Park circuit did not actually play to the strengths of the new McLaren.

Adding to the belief that Hamilton and Button are on pole at present when it comes to pace and performance,Sebastian Vettel conceded McLaren has the upper hand over Red Bull at the moment, and that his team will need to dig deep if it is to overhaul its rivals in the fight for the world championship. Although Vettel bounced back from a disappointing sixth place on the grid to finish second last weekend in the Australian Grand Prix, he never looked like being able to threaten runaway race leader Jenson Button.