(© Ben Johnston 2015)
Valtteri Bottas and the Williams Martini Racing Team are hopeful that the Finn will be back in the cockpit for next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
Bottas missed the opening race of the season last week in Australia due to a back injury that he sustained during qualifying for the race. The team just ran with Felipe Massa in the race on Sunday as it was too late for them to nominate a driver in his place.
The news that the team and Bottas are hopeful that he will race next weekend comes amid Finnish media reports that the Williams driver may require surgery on his back. Finnish publication Turun Sanom Bottas may need surgery to completed fix the issue with his back.
It has been reported that Bottas has suffered a similar injury to the one that his countryman Kimi Raikkonen suffered at the end of the 2013 season which did require surgery and meant that Raikkonen missed the end of the season for the Lotus F1 Team. The Iceman suffered from a reoccurrence of an old injury so it remains to be seen what the situation with Bottas.
The Finn is however working hard on his fitness with the Williams Martini Racing Team helping him prepare for the Malaysian Grand Prix. He is travelling to Malaysia via Indonesia to acclimatize to the conditions for the race. The Malaysian Grand Prix is one of the most psychically demanding races of the year.
The team have also confirmed that as well as working with his trainer Antti Vierula to be fit for the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Finn will have to face the mandatory FIA medical checks next week before he can race next weekend.
© Ben Johnston 2015