“For sure, I hope that we will be more competitive in Melbourne than we were in Bahrain - we just have to be,” the Japanese driver said.

“I only know the track from the Toyota simulator, which I have been in since the race in Bahrain.

“I like the layout of the Albert Park circuit and also Melbourne as a place. I have been there twice as a reserve driver. The city is great and the spectators are true fans, so I can’t wait to race in front of that crowd.
To me, a four-week trip begins now and I’m really excited about that. From Melbourne we go to Kuala Lumpur and before the race in Shanghai I will go and spend some time in Japan.”