Bottas targets Malaysian GP return

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Valtteri Bottas says he expects to be fit in time to race at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

Bottas was forced to sit out the 2015 season opener in Australia after complaining of back pain following qualifying.

The Finn spent the night in hospital, where it was discovered he had suffered a small tear in the annular part of a disc in his lower back, and he was deemed unfit to race.

“After Melbourne I have stayed in Asia to acclimatise to the hot conditions and adjust to the right time zone,” Bottas said. “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 will need to pass an FIA medical at the Sepang circuit on Thursday before he can be cleared to race.

Williams is yet to officially clarify who would stand-in for the Finn should he be forced to miss the grand prix.

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Williams F1 Team

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