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Nico Rosberg says he would welcome wet weather conditions at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, having been the consistent pace-setter during the severely rain-hit opening two phases of qualifying on the streets of Melbourne.
The Mercedes driver, who retired from a podium position in Australia, is hopeful that the Sepang event will yield his first points finish of the 2013 season.
"The conditions will be much hotter than in Australia so it will be a good test to see how the cars perform in such a different environment and how we can adapt," said Rosberg, who scored his maiden podium at Sepang in 2010. "It often rains heavily and from my experience with the car in the rain, wet conditions would certainly be welcomed by me!"
Lewis Hamilton, who took the chequered flag in fifth place last time out, added to team-mate Rosberg's words and is hopeful of achieving even more in Malaysia.
"I'm very proud of the work that the team have done so far and I know that the guys are pushing hard back in the UK to bring more performance to the car," Hamilton explained ahead of the race "I hope we can have a positive weekend here and build on the progress that we made in Melbourne and on what we learned from that race."
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