Despite Malaysia being one of the more hot and humid destinations on the A1 Grand Prix schedule, Team Switzerland's Neel Jani is ready to crank up the pressure on his rivals as he seeks to finally convert a string of podium finishes into a maiden race win.

With France and Brazil having secured the eight victories between them so far this year - and near neighbours France dominating the past three meetings - Jani and Switzerland are determined to break the mould in Malaysia, despite the experienced driver not having race at Sepang before.

"I have heard so many stories about Sepang from when I was a test driver at the Sauber Petronas team, and now I'll finally be able to drive the track myself," admitted Jani, who has conducted demonstration runs for Sauber in Kuala Lumpur before, "My first surprise came when I arrived and felt just how hot it is here. I'm glad that my physio made me follow a special training programme with which to acclimatise to the conditions here.

"I don't yet know the track, but Sepang looks very challenging. I trust the team and I can find a good set-up quickly and be competitive straight away. We have been working well together all season, and I'm confident we can have another good result in Malaysia."

After Jani's podium at Eastern Creek in Australia last time out, Switzerland ranks a strong third in the standings but, despite the team being upbeat, Jani and co head to Malaysia still looking for their first win.

"I was pleased with Neel's podiums in Australia, and I'm glad that he is feeling better, as Sepang is a very challenging and demanding track," team principal Max Welti said, acknowledging that his driver's Australian effort came despite a heavy cold, "I'm hopeful we will have a good chance this weekend, although we will have to keep an eye on the weather, as it can be unpredictable out here."

A1 Grand Prix has yet to have a wet race, although the cars have practiced on a damp track at Brands Hatch in September. Sepang, however, is prone to monsoon-like conditions, which could pose an altogether different challenge this weekend.

 

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