Giedo van der Garde believes that high temperatures in Malaysia this weekend will help his team.
Van der Garde finished in eighteenth place in Australia, the last of the classified runners.
"On track Sepang gives us an interesting challenge", said the Dutchman.
"We haven’t seen track temperatures in pre-season or in Australia close to what we’ll have this week and as the circuit evolves quite a bit over the weekend managing degradation levels from Friday through to Sunday will be critical, but we saw in Australia that our car performed well on the primes so we’ll look to build on that this weekend."
"The cars run pretty high downforce levels at Sepang and that helps throughout the lap, but one of the key areas we’ll work on in the practice sessions will be maximising our pace in the really quick corners. Something the engineers have told me is that since the team came into the sport in 2010 their cars have always performed better in hot temperatures, Tony has said before it’s because the team has a Malaysian heart, so let’s see if that continues this year!"
Van der Garde will also wear a special helmet this weekend.