Fit-again Bottas makes cockpit changes for Malaysia

Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:19am EDT
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By John O'Brien

SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - Valtteri Bottas is confident his back has fully healed and he will be fit for the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend after the Finn missed the season-opening race in Australia despite qualifying sixth fastest in his Williams.

Claiming that the pain felt "like a knife stabbing in his back" on the eve of the race, Bottas heeded the advice of the sport's governing body (FIA) not to compete in Melbourne but was passed fit on Thursday for the second round at Sepang.

"At the end of last week, I could do something without any pain and during the weekend I could do some training, swimming and cross-training without any pain," he told reporters.

"We've been doing everything we can in this short space of time but luckily there was two weeks (gap) and I really feel confident about getting back in the car.

"It has healed really well and it's going to keep getting better and better all the time."

Bottas added that he had been working with Williams mechanics to adjust his seat and pedal positions in the cockpit to lessen the impact on his back as it continues to heal.

"The back is in a more neutral position in the car, so there is less pressure for the discs. Now, I think we have got it right," he said.

"It's quite a big amount of changes to make sure everything is in a neutral position with the back so when the compression comes, it goes to all the discs with similar pressures."   Continued...

Williams Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland drives during the third practice session of the Australian F1 Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne March 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed