Stroll looking forward to first Malaysia race


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Williams Martini Racing rookie Lance Stroll is eager to make a positive impact in Malaysia, as Formula 1 hits the halfway house in its three-legged Asian tour.

The Canadian is yet to race at the challenging Sepang International Circuit, one of the most demanding races on the calendar, but is revelling in the chance to tackle the technical sections.

“The second of our three Asian races should be fun, as I like the look of the track in Malaysia and certainly seems a great one from a driver’s point of view.” said Stroll.

“The area that looks like a lot of fun, especially in this year’s cars, is that S and a couple of high-speed corners, which are turns five/six or six/seven.”

However, the 18-year-old, who fought well to pick up eighth place a fortnight ago in Singapore after a trying Qualifying, is wary that the infamous Malaysian weather can add another unwanted dimension, with several of the 18 races at Kuala Lumpur affected and – in the case of 2009 – even halted by adverse conditions.

“The other thing I have noticed is it tends to rain a lot there, and it often comes down suddenly and heavily, so we are going to have to be prepared for everything.”

Those in attendance won’t be keen for a premature chequered flag as this year’s event is set to be the final curtain for Sepang in Formula 1, having been a staple on the calendar since its controversy-ridden debut in 1999.

And Stroll expressed his wishes to get everything he can out of the weekend to mark the occasion fittingly.

“As this is the last time we shall race there, I want to make the most of this opportunity.”