Kevin Magnussen is hoping to take happier memories away from the Sepang International Circuit this weekend than he did in his first visit to the track back in 2014.
The Dane finished ninth while racing for McLaren in his only previous visit to the track, but admits to enjoying the circuit, even if it is as demanding on the body as it was in Singapore two weeks ago.
Magnussen believes tyre management will be important this weekend, especially with the Malaysian track having been completely resurfaced and in places, re-profiled.
“It will again be a very hot and humid race weekend so it will be physically demanding just like it was in Singapore,” said Magnussen. “I like Sepang Circuit and besides being a great venue, the track has some great high speed sections and the last section is especially one I like very much. Tyre management will be a key aspect in Sepang.
“My first race in Sepang was in 2014 but it didn’t leave me with any particular good memory but hopefully we can change that next weekend!”
Magnussen heads into the Malaysian Grand Prix on the back of a top ten finish in Singapore, only the second time that he and his Renault Sport F1 team have secured points this season, and felt it was a big boost to the team to have such a strong race.
“It was really satisfying for myself and I was very pleased for the team because it was a boost for us all,” said Magnussen. “I know how everybody back in Enstone and in Viry is working hard so a lift is just very welcome. We must now continue to improve and hopefully we can do the same again in Malaysia!
“It was one of those races where we proved the adage that you should never give up. To be honest, we didn’t look great at the beginning of the weekend yet we all kept pushing to maximise every detail over the weekend.
“In the race itself I made a great start and our strategy worked really well. It was a hard-earned point and a very rewarding one for all!”