Kimi Raikkonen says he is hoping for a better weekend overall in Korea next weekend as he seeks to build on his podium finish in the Singapore Grand Prix.
The Lotus man endured a tough qualifying session under lights and could only line up 13th on the grid for the annual race under lights, with the Finn complaining of back pain afterwards.
Raikkonen recovered to take third on race day after failing to score in Belgium and Italy, with the result allowing him to close to within two points of Lewis Hamilton
in the fight for third place in the standings.
The 33-year-old will now aim to try and get ahead of the Mercedes man at Yeongam and he admitted that the first aim was to qualify better to set himself up for a strong run on race day.
“The main target is to have a better weekend overall compared to what we saw in Singapore,” he said. “Obviously, we didn't have the best qualifying and it makes things easier if you start in the top ten.
“Let's hope we are able to maintain the strong form from Sunday in Singapore. The car felt good for the whole race and it was a nice feeling racing too. The main focus is to keep this positive feeling and benefit from it in the next races.”
Raikkonen added that he hoped to suffer no repeat of the back pain he was forced to deal with in Singapore, although he admitted he would only know if the issue had been resolved when teams hit the track for first practice.
“It's better than it was on Saturday in Singapore which is when it didn't feel too good,” he said. “The important thing was that I was able to race and we did a pretty good job with the podium finish. It's not the first time I've had a problem, as there have been some issues with my back for a long time. For sure, we will have to see how it is when I get out on track on Friday in Korea.”