The 24-year-old defended his title after finishing third in Sundayâ€™s Japanese Grand Prix, but is all too aware of the challenges that await him at one of the calendarâ€™s toughest races, with Red Bull keen to deliver on a circuit which saw both cars fail to finish in difficult conditions in last year’s race.
â€œItâ€™s been a great few days, but now I am fully focused on the next race in Korea,â€ Vettel said.
â€œThe circuit is very demanding and quite tight, especially at the pit lane entry. You actually drive almost blind along the wall and, if the car in front of you drives into the pit, you have to quickly get out of the way.
â€œThe track is pretty slippery at the start and gets better by the end of practice. The track in Korea is effectively made up of three parts.
â€œThe first reminds me of Turkey; the second stretch has long straights like Monza and the third has tight corners like a town track.
â€œIt is as if they have taken corners from Monte Carlo or Istanbul. Itâ€™s important to find a rhythm. I find corner 11, which has two apexes, the most interesting.â€
Team-mate Mark Webber is also looking forward to this weekendâ€™s race, despite crashing out on lap six last year after running wide on lap six – and the Australian is keen to see how the circuit has developed since their first visit.
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to racing again this weekend,â€ Webber said. â€œKorea is a track that I like driving on.
“The last two sectors are very busy with lots of corners and Iâ€™m also expecting the racing to be pretty exciting on the long straights too.
â€œThe DRS is allowed for the second part of the long straight and should help with overtaking in the race.
â€œAs always, we need to see how the tyres perform on race day, which will have a large bearing on the results.
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to being right in the mix for the win. Itâ€™s the second year we will go to Korea and it will be interesting to see if the track surface has changed over the winter at all.â€
Red Bullâ€™s double DNF in Yeongam last year was the first time the team failed to have a car finish a race since David Coulthard and Webber both retired from the 2008 Australian Grand Prix.
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