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2015-03-25 08:04

HOPING TO RACE: Williams driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland signs his autograph while talking to a journalist. He's booked to race in Malaysia. Image: AP / Rob Griffith

SEPANG, Malaysia - Valtteri Bottas' manager expects the Finn to return to Formula 1 action in Malaysia for practice rounds on Friday (March 27).


After sitting out the first race of the season in Melbourne with a lower back injury and a recovery period in  Indonesia,  the 25-year-old Finn has arrived in Kuala Lumpur.

He will be at the Sepang circuit today (March 25 2015).

'FULLY SUPPORTIVE'

It emerges, however, that Williams has engine partner Mercedes' reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein on standby, should Bottas be declared unfit to race.

The team said: "We're fully supportive of Valtteri's determination to race in Malaysia but he will need final approval from the doctors on Thursday."

Bottas' manager, Didier Coton, was  confident. "Valtteri is in very good shape," he told the BBC.

"He will have to take the medical, which I expect him to pass, but I don't see any reason why he shouldn’t pass - he tells me he is back to normal."

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