Bottas: Teams face learning curve in Malaysia

By on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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Williams driver Valtteri Bottas says that Formula 1 teams face a steep learning curve due to anticipated high temperatures at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Widespread fears over a high rate of attrition in Australia failed to materialise as 13 drivers reached the finished line, including Bottas, who came home in fifth.

But the Finn anticipates that the new power units will face a tougher task at Sepang this week.

"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," he said.

"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; we have to work hard in the off-season so we are ready for times like this."

Team-mate Felipe Massa is wary of the heat affecting the tyres, as well as the chance of rain threatening proceedings.

"The heat also has a big effect on the tyres and how quickly degradation happens," said Massa.

"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."


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