Fernando Alonso expressed his curiosity on the new surface of the Sepang International Circuit ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix, a race where he has won three times.
The track went under major renovations since the last race, with changes to the corners and high-speed straights being the focus.
Looking forward to continue McLaren-Honda’s progress this weekend, the Spaniard also added that he has enjoyed some fond memories in Malaysia and hopes for many more.
"I'm looking forward to heading back to Malaysia after 18 months since the last race there," said the 35-year-old, who will line-up alongside McLaren team-mate Jenson Button this weekend.
"It'll be interesting to see how the cars cope on the newly-resurfaced track, and I imagine the weather conditions will be different from our last visit.
"Still, we expect it to be a tough race in the heat and humidity, but there's a good combination of slow and high-speed corners and fast straights, so it has a little bit of everything.
"I've won this race three times before so I have happy memories, and we'll be aiming to continue the momentum from the past couple of races and get a strong result there again this year."