Sauber go to Korea aiming to close the gap to sixth in the Constructors Championship by scoring some healthy points following a boost in confidence after the car's performance at Suzuka in the hands of Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi.
In terms of positioning for the two drivers it was a mixed weekend with Perez finishing a strong eighth while Kobayashi could only manage 13th after qualifying seventh.
Kobayashi travels to Korea with previous experience of the Yeognam Circuit while Perez in his rookie season has yet to drive the circuit.
"I like the track with its interesting layout," Kobayashi said. "The high speed and medium speed corners should suit our car well. We know from last year that tyre management is crucial.
"I hope the weather conditions will be stable this year and we will have an exciting race. With the aero update we introduced in Suzuka, we should be competitive, and I'm confident that we can fight for points there."
“I have not been to Korea before, and I have heard various stories from people in the paddock about last year's race," Perez added.
"I have actually trained on the Korean track in the simulator. It has a lot of challenging high speed corners, and it is not an easy one to learn. In any case we have to use every chance to improve, and hopefully we can catch Force India in the championship."
Sauber's technical director James Key expects tyre performance to be a lottery over the weekend, due to last year's lack of normal dry running and not having a full understanding of how the track will evolve over the course of the weekend.
"Last year it was extremely wet, therefore we haven't experienced a full race distance in the dry, so we don't fully know what to expect from the tyres, which will be the super soft and the soft compounds," he said
"We don't know how green the track will be in the beginning, so we'll have to see the track evolution during the weekend and try to allow for that.
"Concerning the car, we will continue to develop the package we introduced in Suzuka. We'll have some small additional follow up development items for introduction in Korea. I hope we can carry on the momentum we found in Suzuka."
by Simon Evans