Valtteri Bottas has confirmed that he will race in next weekend race at Malaysia. 25-year-old Finn had to sit out the season opener in Melbourne after tearing a disc in his back during qualifying.
“As always, Malaysia is a very hot and humid race, and although these aren’t the ideal conditions for the car we have had some exciting races in Sepang over the years. There is also always a risk of rain which we have to be aware of, but it brings some more spice in the suspense.” said Bottas in statement on Monday
“After Melbourne I have stayed in Asia to acclimatise to the hot conditions and adjust to the right time zone. I trained a lot over the winter to prepare for these physically difficult conditions. After such a frustrating Sunday in Australia, I have taken the necessary measures to make sure I arrive in Malaysia fit to race and ready to bring the results home.
Reports said he subsequently travelled from Australia to Indonesia to prepare for the time-zone and heat of Malaysia, where he posted on Twitter a couple of photographs of himself swimming.
Mika Hakkinen, who is also a member of Bottas’ management team, suggested that the driver’s seat may have contributed to the injury.
“In my own career,” he told the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper, “I had a lot of seats made and each was slightly different to the other.
“It is not easy to find a completely perfect seat,” said Hakkinen.