Sebastian Vettel says he is eager to build on the momentum generated in recent races to push for his fourth win of the season in Korea – with the German seeking to overhaul Fernando Alonso for the points lead.
Vettel has taken a maximum score from the past two races after victories in Singapore and Japan, and he now heads to Korea just four points behind Alonso in the championship standings.
A strong result this weekend could see Vettel move back into the championship lead – with Red Bull having been strong in Korea in the past – and he said he was eager to repeat the performance shown in the last two races to strengthen his title bid.
“We had a good two last races as you mentioned,” he said. “We obviously come here on a high and we try to produce the momentum to have another very strong result here. We know that this circuit should be quite good for us. Historically we have been competitive here. The two years we have been racing here before I think we always had a very good car, so try again.
“We should be reasonably competitive but then again, this year I think it has been very unpredictable and you don't know what happens so it could be the case here. We have to try our best to get another strong result. If you look at the layout, for sure you start off with a lot of straights and then you finish off with corners. It looks a little strange compared to other places because usually it's a bit more of a mix. But here you get the straights first and then the corners.”
Vettel added that the topsy-turvy nature of the season to date had shown the need to stay focused on the job at hand, with the strong possibility of things changing on a race-to-race basis at the title battle is decided.
“As Fernando has said a couple of times now, I think it has been fairly up and down for a lot of us,” he said. “We have seen this year that there are a lot of cars that can surprise. Look at the race we had in Barcelona for instance, where the Williams was very competitive. Pastor drove a fantastic race and won. In China, Nico was very strong and won the race so there's more than one or two cars that are able to win. Of course you need to get everything right for every weekend in order to be competitive but I think it has been the story of the championship.
“It has been up and down. Same for us, we have good races, bad races. I think the last couple of races were good for us but again, only three races ago we didn't finish the race in Monza. Things can change quickly, so we need to stay focused and concentrated on what we have. Whether there is a trend where we do better in the second half I don't know, but throughout the season we are pushing very hard, trying to get our maximum.”