Massa wants 'good race' at Sepang

Massa wants 'good race' at Sepang

26 March 2014 – Williams F1 driver Felipe Massa has said he will be looking to have a ‘good race’ in Malaysia this weekend.

Massa was taken out of the 2014 Formula 1 season opener in Australia two weeks ago when Kamui Kobayashi crashed into him at the start and after that bitter disappointment will be eager to do better in Sepang, a track where he has finished fifth on four prior occasions, the most recent last year.

“Malaysia is a nice place to race,” said the Brazilian, “it's a hot and humid race which makes it a physically tough one for the drivers. The heat also has a big effect on the tyres and how quickly degradation happens. These extreme temperatures means Malaysia is less like any other circuit we will race at. When you go to Malaysia you can never count out the weather either, there is always the chance of rain, its 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.”

Team-mate Valtteri Bottas meanwhile was fifth in Australia and will clearly be after more points this Sunday, although he knows it won’t be easy.

“Malaysia will be a real challenge for us,” he admitted, “but also something the other teams will have to deal with too. 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.

“Physically for the drivers it isn't easy [either]; we have to work hard in the off-season so we are ready for times like this. The track itself though is very nice; it has some great high speed sections which are my favourite parts of the circuit.”

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