Bottas making progress in fitness drive for Malaysian GP

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Valtteri Bottas is making good progress in his bid to be fit for next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, having missed the opening race of the year in Australia due to a back injury.

Bottas suffered a small tear in the annular part of a disc in his lower back during qualifying in Melbourne last Saturday, and was deemed unfit to race by the FIA medical delegate as a result.

The Williams driver was one of three drivers to miss the start of the race in Australia, with Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat both suffering technical failures on their cars on their reconnaissance laps.

Williams issued a statement at the time saying that it would “respect the FIA’s decision and will now work with Valtteri ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix to ensure he receives the treatment required to get him back to full fitness.”

In a tweet on his official Twitter account, Bottas gave his fans an update on his condition, confirming that he is making progress in his recovery bid.

The team is likely to wait until next week before making any official decision about Bottas’ participation in the Malaysian Grand Prix, but according to reports, test driver Susie Wolff is not in line to replace the Finn should he be deemed unfit.

Even if he does manage to regain fitness for Malaysia, Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat has reported that Bottas will also require back surgery in the future to resolve the issue.