Rubens Barrichello has stated before that he will keep focused on the future and not dwell on the past, so he heads for the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend in a positive frame of mind. In Australia he didn't even complete a lap, being part of...
Rubens Barrichello has stated before that he will keep focused on the future and not dwell on the past, so he heads for the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend in a positive frame of mind. In Australia he didn't even complete a lap, being part of the first corner accident that deprived many of a race, but he has put that behind him.
"Having failed to open my points account in Melbourne, I am regarding the Malaysian GP as a second start to the season," he said. "I love driving at the Sepang track and the city of Kuala Lumpur is fascinating mix of old and new. From a physical point of view, this is one of the hardest races of the season, because of the high temperatures and humidity, which make it tough."
Malaysia will be Barrichello's 150th Grand Prix and he explained the Sepang circuit layout : "The circuit itself has a good combination of high and low speed corners and is really nice to drive. The track is very wide, but at the end of the day, you are going flat out through the corners, which makes it feel very narrow, as there is still only one racing line."
"Overtaking is possible here, although in some corners it is difficult to follow too closely the car in front, which makes passing difficult. But the end of the two main straights present good overtaking opportunities. The surface is smooth with a good grip level, even in wet weather, although you have to be careful of aquaplaning. In terms of setting up the car, Sepang is similar to Spa because of the mix of high and low speed turns."
There has been a lot of focus on the climate in Malaysia, the heat and humidity can tax drivers and all of the team. Barrichello has been acclimatising in readiness for the weekend in his home country of Brazil. "The heat and humidity are the biggest problem, because we tend to see the highest temperatures of the year here and I understand it might be even hotter this year than last, although flying in from Brazil, it should not be too much of a contrast, as it has been very warm in Sao Paulo this last week." He explained.
"I find it useful to do some sport in the build-up to the weekend and so I have played a couple of games of tennis at exactly the same time of day as the grand prix will be run, in order to get as good an idea as possible of the conditions we might expect on Sunday afternoon. Ferrari has won all three Grand Prix held in Malaysia, which gives us cause for optimism. But I think it is logical to expect the other teams to be more competitive this weekend."