KUALA LUMPUR: It has been unseasonably hot for Malaysia, but it is about to get a whole lot hotter with the Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix this weekend.
Mercedes Petronas Formula One drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have vowed to give their all for the race at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC).
Racing at Sepang had always proved to be tough due to extreme conditions, said Rosberg.
“One of the reasons we train so hard throughout the winter is to prepare ourselves for this race. I expect it to be tough, but I am also confident of a strong showing this weekend,” said Rosberg, who won the last race at the Australian Grand Prix early this month.
Rosberg, 29, said although he enjoyed Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian food was just too spicy for him.
“I usually eat spicy food, but over here, it is just too much for me.
“I did, however, try the jackfruit and dragon fruit, and both were very delicious,” he said.
Teammate Lewis Hamilton, also 29, said Sepang was more demanding on the drivers’ mental strength due to the extreme heat.
“We need to constantly drink fluids in order to keep ourselves hydrated as sometimes we are sweating even before getting into the cockpit.
“Once we get in the car, there is not much airflow.
“Whatever air that does come in is so hot,” he said, adding that the thermal-proof clothing that he wears also made the experience akin to being in a sauna.
At one of his previous races in Sepang, Lewis said he lost as much as 4.3kg in fluids.
Rosberg and Hamilton are looking forward to putting up a good show for the fans this weekend at the SIC.