Formula 1's Latest Rumours: Wolff's Prediction, McLaren's Worry and More

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Formula 1's Latest Rumours: Wolff's Prediction, McLaren's Worry and More
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After Lewis Hamilton's convincing win in a head-to-head battle with Nico Rosberg in the Malaysian Grand Prix, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has swam against the tide by claiming that it is inevitable that his drivers, friends since childhood, will become enemies as the 2014 Formula One season progresses.

Wolff was speaking after a race which saw Mercedes maintain their performance advantage from Australia into Sepang—something which can't be said for McLaren, whose drop in performance is a sign of things to come if Eric Boullier, the team's racing director, is to be believed.

McLaren's sudden, sharp drop in performance has offered renewed hope to Lotus, who completed their first race distance of the year in Sepang, suggesting the worst of their reliability problems are now behind them.

Romain Grosjean held off former teammate Kimi Raikkonen for 11th place in Sepang, with Stefano Domenicali—the latter's team principal—left to explain Ferrari's anonymous start to F1's new era.

Closing this week's roundup is the story that two reserve drivers will be handed opportunities to impress over the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend before taking part in the post-race test session in Sakhir.

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