Hoping to race this weekend is Valtteri Bottas
, who sat out Melbourne with a torn disc in his lower back. "After such a frustrating Sunday in Australia," the Finn said in a statement issued by Williams
on Monday, "I have taken the necessary measures to make sure I arrive in Malaysia fit to race and ready to bring the results home."
A report at F1's official website said that, like Fernando Alonso
, the 25-year-old will first have to be cleared by FIA
doctors on Thursday. Finally, the Manor
team announced its intention to have a "more typical race weekend" in Malaysia, after turning up but not actually turning a wheel in Melbourne.
"We are in a different position to the one we were in two weeks ago," said team boss John Booth. "We look forward to debuting the car and our two young drivers and to finally start getting down to business on the race track," he added, referring to the continuing race lineup of Will Stevens
and Roberto Merhi
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