Valtteri Bottas: “We normally score strong points at Sepang”


Valtteri Bottas - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Valtteri Bottas is looking to secure another good haul of points at the Sepang International Circuit, a circuit he feels should suit his Williams Martini Racing outfit.

Bottas made his Formula 1 free practice debut for Williams at the track back in 2012, and the Finn finished fifth last year, his best result at the track after taking eighth place in 2014.

The Finn expects it to be a tough weekend this season due to the race date switch from March to October, with the heat and humidity set to match that seen at the previous race in Singapore.

“Malaysia has changed places in the calendar so it’s going to be just as hot and humid as Singapore and another very physical race for the drivers,” said Bottas. “It has a nice mix of both high and low-speed corners.

“We normally score strong points at Sepang. Overall, it’s an enjoyable track to drive and I’m really looking forward to going back for another year.”

Team-mate Felipe Massa is also feeling positive heading into the race weekend, and is hoping to improve on his sixth place finish from 2015 at the circuit as he heads into his final six races of his Formula 1 career.

“Malaysia is another very difficult race in the calendar because of how hot and humid it is,” said Massa. “It rains there almost every day, and when it rains it’s normally torrential so it covers the whole track.

“The race is just so dependent on the weather, but I really hope we can do well there and have a good result. I was sixth there last year, I hope this year I can perform even better!”