Korean Grand Prix 2011: Vettel fully focused on Yeongam
World champion says he is determined to seal his 10th Grand Prix win of the season in Korea on Sunday
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel insists he is fully focused on the next race in Korea, despite already wrapping up the 2011 Formula 1 world drivers’ championship.
The 24-year-old defended his title after finishing third in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix, but is all too aware of the challenges that await him at one of the calendar’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.
“It’s been a great few days, but now I am fully focused on the next race in Korea,” Vettel said.
“The 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.
“The 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.
“The first reminds me of Turkey; the second stretch has long straights like Monza and the third has tight corners like a town track.
“It is as if they have taken corners from Monte Carlo or Istanbul. It’s important to find a rhythm. I find corner 11, which has two apexes, the most interesting.”
Team-mate Mark Webber is also looking forward to this weekend’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.
“I’m looking forward to racing again this weekend,” Webber said. “Korea is a track that I like driving on.
“The last two sectors are very busy with lots of corners and I’m also expecting the racing to be pretty exciting on the long straights too.
“The DRS is allowed for the second part of the long straight and should help with overtaking in the race.
“As always, we need to see how the tyres perform on race day, which will have a large bearing on the results.
“I’m looking forward to being right in the mix for the win. It’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.”
Red Bull’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.