After the disappointment of how the first race in Melbourne turned out, Michael is flying to Malaysia with a big sense of anticipation: “we saw in Australia that our car is capable of putting us in the mix. Of course, we haven’t forgotten that the circuit in Melbourne is not really representative of the true competitive picture, but nevertheless the car gives me a good feeling for the season ahead.
Sepang will be interesting for everybody because it will be the first clue to the real relative strengths of all the cars.
As we know, half of the last ten races in Malaysia have been won from pole, and the highest winning grid position was from seventh place in 2003. So doing a good job on Saturday will be very important.
The range of slow and fast corners give a good indication of where you are, which always makes the race in Malaysia fun for the drivers and engineers, and overall a big challenge for both man and machine. I’m looking forward to it.”