“We will have to be well-prepared for any eventuality, and it will be an interesting experiment seeing how the tyres work in both very hot and very wet conditions. This will therefore be a very important weekend for Pirelli after what was a relatively easy debut for them in Melbourne.
“As a driver, there is not much you can do to deal with the hot conditions, but honestly, if you are fit enough there is not much else you need to do. I have tried various methods, such as soaking my overalls in cold water before the start. Whatever you do, this is going to be a tough race – it's not just the hot conditions, because it is the humidity that makes it unpleasant.
“For example, we have raced in Bahrain in an ambient temperature of 40 degrees, but I did not even sweat in the car because there in the desert it is a very dry heat. In Malaysia, the problem is the humidity which makes you suffer more, losing body fluids, which then affects your strength and your concentration. No matter how fit you are, you suffer more at this circuit than at others. At least the time I spent in Brazil was useful, as it was very hot there too.
“Last year, we made a strategic mistake in the wet qualifying at Sepang and I started 21st on the grid, eventually making it up to seventh at the end of Sunday's race. We will be working hard to avoid a similar error; like I said, the key at Sepang is to be ready for anything.”