Mercedes GP duo Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg both head to Korea in good spirits following the teams recent run of competitive outings.
Mercedes and the rest of the Formula One paddock head to Korea for the second time, with seven-time champion Michael Schumacher admitted it had been an interesting experience last year.
"Visiting Korea for the first time last season was an interesting experience, and I enjoyed learning the new Yeongam track," said Schumacher. "We have enjoyed some encouraging race finishes since the mid-season break, having worked hard to improve our performance. I hope we can carry that trend through to Korea this weekend and then to the remaining races."
Rosberg, heads to Korea with similar optimism in the midst of a fierce inter-team battle after his older statesman Schumacher has continued to pile the pressure on during the second half of the season.
The young German will be hoping to achieve a better result this year after his DNF from last year's race.
"I'm looking forward to racing in Korea, I really enjoy the track and, for the first race last year, it was certainly a full house spectator-wise," he said. "I'm certainly aiming for a more successful weekend than last year, when I was taken out in an accident with Webber on the second lap at racing speeds after the Safety Car came in. We learned in Japan that our performance has taken a small step forward since Singapore. I hope we can make the next one this weekend."
Team principal Ross Brawn and Mercedes motorsport vice president Norbert Haug mirrored their driver's optimism.
"We delivered a strong race performance in Suzuka after not the smoothest of weekends, so our focus in Korea will be on getting the most of our current technical package and continuing our recent run of results," Brawn said.
"We enjoyed a stronger weekend in Suzuka and delivered quite a competitive team performance," Haug added. "Our challenge will be to perform at this level on a very different type of circuit and, as we have managed at three of the last four races, to finish in the points among the top three teams."
by Simon Evans