Lotus Renault GP stand-in Nick Heidfeld reflects on his nightmare weekend in Australia and looks ahead to this Sunday's event at Sepang.

Q:
Nick, a tough opening weekend for you in Australia and not the way you wanted to start the season...

Nick Heidfeld:
From my perspective it was obviously disappointing - even more so because it was clear to see how much potential we have in the car. My target is always to maximise each race weekend and I didn't manage to do that in Melbourne.

Q:
Your car was heavily damaged on the opening lap - how tough was it to drive the rest of the race?

Nick Heidfeld:
It was very difficult. The balance obviously wasn't what it should have been; the grip was very low and that made it difficult to keep the tyres alive. But I still tried my very best because you never know what can happen in a race and there is always a chance to score points, so I kept pushing.

Q:
Were you able to learn much about the car's performance or the tyres?

Nick Heidfeld:
It was impossible, but we had useful data from Vitaly's car. However, I did learn about the procedures of the team because it was my first full race weekend working with the guys and that was helpful.

Q:
Do you feel ready to bounce back in Malaysia? What are your objectives?

Nick Heidfeld:
You always look forward to the next one, even more so when you have had a difficult race. At the moment my objective is to forget about Australia and look forward to Malaysia.

Q:
What are your thoughts on the impact of the DRS so far? Will the effect be more obvious in Malaysia?

Nick Heidfeld:
Yes, I think it should have a bigger impact there. Overtaking has always been easier in Malaysia because of the circuit design. You have long straights followed by slow apex corners and we should see more action.

Q:
Do you like the track?

Nick Heidfeld:
It can be special because of the weather. Sometimes it's more like swimming than driving with the monsoons. It has a nice flow with some quick corners, as well as some overtaking opportunities.

I've some good memories from there including my podium for Williams in 2005 and my second place finish a couple of years ago in the very wet race. Also, I set my first fastest lap in a race there in 2008 - that was the year I had fun with a double overtaking move on [Fernandon] Alonso and [David] Coulthard - it's worth watching on YouTube!

 

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