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Valtteri Bottas confirms he will race in Malaysia
Mar 23, 2015, 1:20 PM

Valtteri Bottas has confirmed that he will be back behind the wheel of the Williams in Malaysia this weekend.

Valtteri Bottas has confirmed that he will be back behind the wheel of the Williams in Malaysia this weekend.

The Finn injured his back during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix and was not able to take part in the race after a series of medical tests.

"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," said Bottas in statement on Monday.

As he was deemed unfit to race in Australia, he will have to go through further FIA medical checks on Thursday in order to be cleared to compete. He will have to queue up with Fernando Alonso, who will be performing the same medical extraction tests prior to his comeback from injury.

Bottas spent Saturday night in hospital in Melbourne and was tested on Sunday morning. Although he was able to extract himself from the car in under five seconds, as the rules require, he was in significant pain and doctors took the view that he would not be able to perform the extraction in the same time late in the race, when pain and fatigue might play a part.

The Mercedes powered Williams was competitive in Melbourne and is expected to perform well in Malaysia, which features two long straights, where the car has an advantage. Bottas will travel there targeting a podium. His team mate Felipe Massa missed out on a podium at the opening round, after Williams got caught out on a strategy call in their battle with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Last year Bottas and Massa struggled in the wet qualifying session and Bottas lined up 18th on the grid, coming through to finish 8th, one place behind Massa, in the dry Grand Prix. The race was not without controversy as Felipe Massa did not appreciate the team asking him to move over and let Bottas through (below).

Massa and Bottas, Malaysia 2014

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