Sauber will hope to build on an impressive performance at Suzuka when F1 heads to Korea for the first time this weekend for the inaugural race at the Yeongam circuit.
Kamui Kobayashi stormed to seventh place in his home race after a dramatic final stint of the race, while team-mate Nick Heidfeld followed him home in eighth place to score his first points since returning to an F1 race seat.
Kobayashi's performance in Japan drew plaudits throughout the paddock and he now heads to Korea in buoyant mood as he targets his seventh points finish of the season.
“I am very excited about going to the next Grand Prix,” he said. “After the race in Suzuka I am even more motivated. I went straight to Tokyo to stay there until I have to travel to South Korea. I had a couple of promotional activities and meetings, but also time to relax and do some sports in order to prepare for the next race. I always enjoy nice warm weather, and also it was good for me to stay in the same time zone instead of flying back and forth to Europe.
“I have never been to South Korea. At some circuits this year other drivers have had an advantage in terms of knowing the track, but this time it is the same for everybody. I am very much looking forward to discovering the circuit.”
Team-mate Heidfeld has driven an F1 car in Korea in the past, albeit away from the new Yeongam circuit, and the German said he was excited about the prospect of racing in the country for the first time – even if the fact that circuit has only been completed at the last minute could cause issues.
“At the moment hardly anyone knows exactly what to expect on site,” he said. “I am very curious to see the track and the facilities. From a driver's perspective the most important thing is that the tarmac lasts. If the final layer is laid a short time before, it is generally understood it can be oily which, of course, would be extremely problematic. But I can only give any informed information about the quality and lay-out of the track once I have driven there.
“Generally I welcome new venues because they provide a special driving challenge, and for a World Championship it is positive to race in as many countries as possible.”