Sebastian Vettel insisted during Thursday's press conference ahead of the Korean Grand Prix that he and his Red Bull team will continue to fight during the final four races of the season despite having already clinched his second consecutive world championship.
Vettel, ever the perfectionist, comes to the Yeognam circuit looking to right the wrongs from last year's race after his Renault engine gave up the ghost with just ten laps to go.
"This has been a tough venue for me last year, we have been in very good shape until ten laps to the end, so obviously there is still something to be done," said the double world champion. "Obviously I've never been on the podium and I'm looking forward to a good race but first of all we need to focus on Friday to prepare our car as much as we can, to be in good shape. I think that's for the whole team, we're not lacking motivation."
That motivation comes from Red Bull seeking to add the constructors' championship to his drivers' crown - with the title still to be wrapped up over the remainder of the campaign.
Vettel also predicted that this weekend's race should be something of a tyre frenzy due to the combination of a 'very, very aggressive' approach from Pirelli this weekend.
The young German also hopes to understand the tyres a little better at Yeognam after the Pirelli degradation caught the Red Bull team out at Suzuka.
"I think, to some extent, we understand why tyre wear was more excessive than we thought, or we need to come here and confirm that I think we have another good chance in that regard, to understand more about tyres as the tyre approach for this weekend is very, very aggressive," he said. "So I'm not sure how many stops we will see but surely more than two, maybe even up to five. I don't know – we don't know yet. It all depends tomorrow – on the other hand, if it's wet, it doesn't really give us an idea, so we could be surprised on Sunday, we will see."
by Simon Evans