Michael Schumacher will hope to benefit from a level playing field as F1 heads to Korea for the first time.

Barring a return to the Hispania line-up for Karun Chandhok, none of the drivers in the field have had chance to sample the new Yeongam circuit.

That leaves Schumacher hopeful of a solid weekend for Mercedes given that the whole field goes into the weekend on a level playing field.

"Finally this year we are going to a circuit which is not only new for me but for all of the drivers," he said. "Korea will be a very interesting country to see and even if the track has only just been finished in time, I am confident that everything will be fine. I am very much in favour of new races and I think it is a benefit for all of us in the sport.

"It should not be too complicated to learn the layout and we are used to adapting quickly to new circumstances. We had quite a good race in Japan last weekend and are hoping that we can move forward again and put on a good show at the first race in Korea."

Team-mate Nico Rosberg said he too was looking forward to the challenge of a new circuit as he seeks to bounce back from his disappointing late retirement at Suzuka.

"It will be an exciting challenge to race at the new Korean circuit," he said. "It looks great from the pictures that we have seen recently and I hope that the asphalt holds up as it has only been put down very recently. It is always interesting to learn a new circuit and generally I get up to speed quickly so I'm looking forward to the weekend."

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