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Thursday press conference – Malaysian GP – Pt.2

something I need to get used to and for sure I will have more performance after that. But I think I'm already at a good level, for sure. I trained a lot last year with Force India and the year before with Ferrari, so now I feel ready to race in F1, that's why I am here. I still need to improve but I'm already happy with that.

And how much is the simulator helping you in this situation?

Jules Bianchi:
Well, obviously I did a lot of simulator preparation before the race in Australia and it was really helpful, especially because I didn't know the track and the same for this track, so it's something really useful.

Q: (Abhishek Takle - Midday)
Question for the rookies: when you step up to F1 obviously the physical challenge is a lot tougher but specially for a race like Malaysia which is known to be hot. Is there any sort of special physical preparation that you will do in the run-up to such a race?

Max Chilton:
Obviously the step up from the junior categories is mainly that the race lengths are... we're used to probably a race of an hour maximum. These can go on for a limit of two hours but usually around 40 minutes [longer] so that 40 minutes does make a difference and also the G-forces, but the powered steering makes it a lot easier. Physically, you just need to be more specific on what you're working for, it's not a big leap up, you just have to make it a lot more specific and focus on the areas where you need it. But for races like this, with the heat, there's not really certain training you can do... you can do heat chamber work, you can do a bit of that which will help but the main thing is making sure your body is always hydrated to its absolute maximum and that's key. If you're not hydrated then you will suffer pretty quickly.

Giedo van der Garde:
I think you try to come here as soon as possible to get used to the hot weather. You use a kind of different philosophy with food, you use a lot of salt, you drink a lot during the whole day. I think we drink up to five or six litres, so you pee quite a lot. I quite like the heat so let's see how I feel after the race.

Valtteri, do you get all the secrets handed down from the Finns who have gone before you like Kimi and Mika Hakkinen?

Valtteri Bottas:
Well, of course, we have the saunas in Finland, so maybe that helps with the heat. I think it's just a hot race and that's the key. No special preparation. Of course try to be outside a lot to get used to it a little bit but in the end the fitter you are the easier time you're going to have in the car.

Q: (Gary Meenaghan – The National)
Kimi, just wondering if you got a chance to celebrate the win last Sunday, or if you were on a flight going somewhere? What would you be up to?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I came here directly on Sunday night. For sure, if you want to you can always... it's not about that. I had a flight booked here anyhow so I came here.

What's your view on days when you win, because in sport you have so many days which perhaps don't go quite so well. When you actually win, is it very important to you to be a team, to celebrate with a team, to enjoy the good moments?

Kimi Raikkonen:
No. Like I said, first of all they [the team] are always very busy packing up everything at these kind of races so they don't have so much time either. I had a flight in the evening, so we just had a quick briefing and then I had to go to the hotel to pick up my stuff and go. For sure they had some celebration. It's just one race and hopefully at the end of the year we can have a good celebration.

Q: (Velimir Veljko Jukic - Auto Fokus)

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15.03.2013- Free Practice 1, Giedo Van der Garde (NED), Caterham F1 Team CT03
15.03.2013- Free Practice 1, Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR02
15.03.2013- Free Practice 1, Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Williams F1 Team FW35
16.03.2013- Free Practice 3, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C32
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 E21.
15.03.2013- Free Practice 2, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
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Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
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Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
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