Bottas says he’s fit to race heading into Malaysia

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Williams Martini Racing’s Valtteri Bottas says he should be good to go for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, as he recovers from his back injury that sidelined him from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

He hasn’t been officially declared back yet, and will have medical checks on Thursday by the FIA to determine his fitness level for next race.

Still, Bottas said he’s been preparing for the high heat that typically comes with the race in Kuala Lumpur.

“As always, Malaysia is a very hot and humid race, and although these aren’t the ideal conditions for the car we have had some exciting races in Sepang over the years,” Bottas said in a team release.

“There is also always a risk of rain which we have to be aware of, but it brings some more spice in the suspense.

“After Melbourne I have stayed in Asia to acclimatize to the hot conditions and adjust to the right time zone. I trained a lot over the winter to prepare for these physically difficult conditions.

“After such a frustrating Sunday in Australia, I have taken the necessary measures to make sure I arrive in Malaysia fit to race and ready to bring the results home.”

Bottas finished behind Massa in last year’s race, as the pair came home seventh and eighth. Massa opened the team’s 2015 account with fourth in Melbourne.