Williams driver Valtteri Bottas believes the characteristics of the Malaysian Grand Prix will prove a great challenge for not only his team, but all the teams on the grid as everyone continues to get on top of the new regulations.
“Physically for the drivers it isn’t easy” says Bottas. “We have to work hard in the off-season so we are ready for times like this. The track itself is very nice; it has some great high speed sections which are my favourite parts of the circuit.”
“Cooling will be a major factor as the temperatures are so high, there is also still a lot to learn about the new power units, so this heat adds to this learning curve. It could be the hottest race this season and having it at the start of the season when people are trying to develop what they have isn’t the easiest of tasks.”
Despite this, Bottas is aware that any challenges Williams faces this weekend will have to be faced by all the teams.
Bottas’ teammate, Felipe Massa, is also looking forward to this weekend after his career at Williams ended prematurely due to an opening lap shunt during the Australian Grand Prix. The Brazilian was quick to stress the unpredictable nature of the weather in Malaysia, something both Williams drivers struggled with during qualifying for the season opener.
“There is always the chance of rain,” says Massa. “It’s heavy rain too, and this can happen at the end of nearly every day. All of these factors mean the race is always exciting from a fans point of view but these changes are tough for the drivers. I’m looking forward to having a good race there.
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