Glock looking forward to Malaysia challenge

Timo Glock has said that although he believes the Malaysian Grand Prix is one of the most physically demanding circuits on the calendar, he is looking forward to the challenge.

“Malaysia is one of the hardest races on the F1 calendar and one for which fitness is very important,” Glock commented. “The heat and humidity are really punishing and so this is where the physical training really pays off.

“I feel like I have got back on track very quickly with the fitness side of things and I am spending the time between Australia and Malaysia making sure I am fully acclimatised and ready for the challenge.

“I have lots of good memories from Malaysia – I finished on the podium in 2009 after chasing the leader, Jenson Button, before the race got red-flagged due to the big rainstorm. The Sepang track has a lot of character and it’s very physical, with Turn 14 being one of the toughest corners of all.

“It is a race I will enjoy so we will try to make the best of our current package and aim to get both cars to the finish.”

Glock will be hoping that Malaysia qualifying will be better than Australia when the Virgin Racing team came close to the 107 percent rule.

In qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, Glock found himself over two and a half seconds away from the Q1 cut with his team-mate Jerome d’Ambrosio nearly a full second slower. The 107 percent rule has been reintroduced for the 2011 season and Virgin Racing came dangerously close to cut off point.