Malaysian Grand Prix: Freezing underwear keeps Nico Hulkenberg in control

Hulkenberg acclimatises by playing tennis in the midday sun, and he also has a special trick -- soaking his undergarments in water and putting them in the freezer, giving him a precious few minutes of icy cool. As perspiring fans held iced drinks to their cheeks and sat beneath palm trees for shade, drivers said they eat salty food, drink gallons of water and even train in heat chambers to better cope with the conditions.

updated: March 22, 2013 18:54 IST
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Kuala Lumpur: Nico Hulkenberg keeps cool by freezing his underwear, Valtteri Bottas says the climate is like a sauna, and Giedo van der Garde says the drivers drink so much water they constantly have to pee. (Nico Hulkenberg in image)

Welcome to life at the Malaysian Grand Prix, where fierce heat and humidity mixed with frequent torrential downpours make for one of the toughest races in Formula One.

As if an abrasive, tyre-shredding track and the G-force through a series of hairpin turns is not enough, tropical conditions at the Sepang circuit, built on former jungle just three degrees from the equator, pose a unique challenge.

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