Bruno Senna says he is hopeful that he will make a return to the points this weekend after a tough outing in Japan saw him fail to build on a strong qualifying display at Suzuka.
The Brazilian bounced back from an accident in final practice to qualify ninth on the grid but then went backwards in the race to finish down in 16th place, with team-mate Vitaly Petrov left to uphold Renault honours by scoring points.
Senna will now hope to return to the top ten this weekend in Korea and he admitted that the circuit should suit the Renault R31 and allow him to challenge for points.
“I think it should,” he said. “There are a few big traction requirements in Korea but the type of tarmac is very smooth and the layout of the track mean that all the weaknesses we had in Singapore won't be as pronounced in Korea. We should be strong again and our car should be in the top ten all the way to the end of the season.
“It is a difficult track, and I think there are many places where you can make mistakes. There are off-camber corners scattered through the track and for a driver that's not really the most comfortable thing. However, it's the same for everybody and I'm hoping that we can use Suzuka as a baseline for when we arrive in Korea then take the car out for the first time on Friday. From then we can just chip away at the time and get on target for qualifying and the race.”
Team-mate Petrov admits he has been buoyed by his points finish last weekend and will now hope to avoid a repeat of the high-speed accident that put him out of the Korean race last year.
“I have momentum and confidence behind me, but I'm fully mindful that it will be a different proposition to Suzuka,” he said. “Some of it is driven at high speed, but there are also a few second gear corners too, which our car won't be so keen on. It was quite a dirty circuit last year, but I expect that to be less of an issue this time around. We will collectively put our thinking caps on again to see how we can get the most from the weekend.”