Hot stuff for Hamilton
PUBLISHED: 17:24 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 26 October 2009
HOCH ZWEI / Juergen Tap
GETTING ready for the heat at this weekend s Malaysian Grand Prix is a major factor in Lewis Hamilton s pre-race plans. The Tewin race ace won the opening grand prix of the season in Australia last weekend and he ll be aiming to secure a second successiv
GETTING ready for the heat at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix is a major factor in Lewis Hamilton's pre-race plans.
The Tewin race ace won the opening grand prix of the season in Australia last weekend and he'll be aiming to secure a second successive win this Sunday.
"We are going to Sepang aiming to get another great result, but it is likely to be hotter again, so it will be a big challenge," he said.
Ensuring he is acclimatised, kept hydrated and has high energy levels are all key for Hamilton while in the driving seat in South East Asia.
The 23-year-old McLaren driver said: "For Malaysia it is very difficult to prepare physically for the race, even more so this year, you cannot begin to imagine how hot it gets in the car.
"Last season we had the test session and a couple of weeks off so we were able to go to a hot country and train there to get acclimatised.
"This year we are going straight from Melbourne to Sepang, which gives us a couple of days to get used to the extreme heat.
"We have had a bit of a head start with the temperatures in Melbourne.
"The focus is always on making sure you are well hydrated. Last year I was drinking up to four litres a day in the days building up to the race."
The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver finished second in the race at Sepang last year behind then team-mate Fernando Alonso.
Hamilton has revealed it was one of the toughest races he took part in during his debut F1 season.
"It was the hardest race I have ever competed in last year, even with all that preparation and really trying to look after your energy beforehand."
With just seven days separating Easter Sunday's race and last weekend's Australian opener, there has not been much time to adjust the McLaren MP4-23.
Hamilton said: "There is not much we can do with the cars between Australia and Malaysia as there is so little time, but we will keep pushing hard."
The first practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix takes place tomorrow (Friday). Qualifying is on Saturday.