After an encourage result for Mercedes yesterday in Japan, the team hope to continue their decent run of result as F1 makes its second visit to the Yeongam track in South Korea.
The inaugural race last season was a rather damp affair, 26 laps of which were run behind the safety car. It also held mixed fortunes for two Mercedes drivers:
“Visiting Korea for the first time last season was an interesting experience, and I enjoyed learning the new Yeongam track,” said Michael Schumacher. “It’s a very impressive facility, and the track has enough challenges to make it enjoyable to drive. We also had a good result there as I equalled my best result of the season, finishing the race in fourth place.
“We have enjoyed some encouraging race finishes since the mid-season break, having worked hard to improve our performance. I hope we can carry that trend through to Korea this weekend and then to the remaining races.”
Nico Rosberg was unceremoniously dumped out of the race last season after Mark Webber hit a wall, slid across the track, and collected the German. He is obviously hoping for better luck this weekend.
“I’m looking forward to racing in Korea: I really enjoy the track and, for the first race last year, it was certainly a full house spectator-wise,” he said. “I’m certainly aiming for a more successful weekend than last year, when I was taken out in an accident with Webber on the second lap at racing speeds after the Safety Car came in. We learned in Japan that our performance has taken a small step forward since Singapore. I hope we can make the next one this weekend.”
Team principal Ross Brawn was pleased with the performance of the car in Japan over the weekend, and is expecting more of the same in Korea.
“Having completed the weekend in Suzuka, the team has now packed up and headed to South Korea for the second leg of the season’s final set of double-header races,” he said. “The Korea International Circuit made its debut on the calendar last year, and the venue combines impressive facilities with an interesting and demanding track layout for the drivers and engineers.
“We delivered a strong race performance in Suzuka after not the smoothest of weekends, so our focus in Korea will be on getting the most of our current technical package and continuing our recent run of results.”