“I loved the track layout last year, but not just because I won the race,” said Vettel. “With an average speed of 235kph, the course is the second quickest of the year after Monza.
“There is a lot of elevation change around the lap which adds to the fun, from as much as eight per cent downhill and up to 10 per cent uphill; it’s like a roller coaster!
“It really has emerged as one of the most challenging circuits on the calendar for the drivers.”
And Vettel’s Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber is also a fan of the track.
“It’s a challenging venue and I really enjoy the track, it’s a nice circuit to drive,” said the Australian. “There was a massive crowd there last year and it was a good atmosphere.
“The track is similar to Korea with mainly long straights in sector 1 followed by a very busy sector 2 and 3, so we need to get the balance right between downforce and top speed.
“It should be reasonably straightforward weather-wise and I’m looking forward to getting out there.”