‘Jungle Boy’ loves it hot

KUALA LUMPUR: While the other F1 drivers are worried about the blistering heat at the Sepang circuit, Brazil's Antonio Pizzonia of Jaguar Racing team, meanwhile, is revelling in it. 

Pizzonia, known as “Jungle Boy,” hails from Manaus in central Brazil, an area situated along the Amazon River which is as hot and humid as Malaysia, if not more extreme. 

The 22-year-old Pizzonia, who is making his debut in the F1 this year, said he was used to weather like this. 

PIZZONIA: Not worried about blistering heat.

“I am hoping for a much hotter and humid weather in Sepang because I love the blistering heat. The other drivers will be exhausted,'' said Pizzonia. 

Exhaustion will be the least of Pizzonia's worries. To prepare for the F1 this year, Pizzonia ran in the New York marathon last year. 

“A driver needs to be fit physically and mentally to put up a strong challenge in F1 race,'' said Pizzonia. 

In his first F1 race in Melbourne two weeks ago, Pizzonia finished 13th. 

“Competing in the F1 race was the biggest moment of my life as I always wanted to be an F1 driver. 

“It was difficult competing in the Melbourne race as it was my first race. Also, the change in weather did not help. 

“I feel more relaxed now,” he added. 

Pizzonia added this is the first time he would be competing in Malaysia and the track was totally unfamiliar. “I have seen the Sepang track and it's a wide track with some blind corners. 

“I need to make about 15-20 laps on Friday morning before I can get used to the track. With the wider track, many things can happen and the drivers have the opportunity to overtake from both the right and left side so it's going to really tough for me. 

“Besides that, there are few blind corners, and I need to be extra careful when making the turn,'' said Pizzonia. 

The other Jaguar racing team driver is Mark Webber of Australia. 

He was with Minardi team driver for four years before moving to Jaguar team. 

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