Nico Hulkenberg will be out to make more good memories in Korea this weekend and given he has scored points on both of his previous outings in Yeongam he will again be after a top-ten finish.
Hulkenberg has made the most of recent updates to the Sauber C32 and following his brilliant fifth in Italy, followed that up with ninth in Singapore last time out.
Now he will be out to extend that points run and deliver another strong performance in a bid to impress the likes of Lotus, who are rumoured to be considering the German as potential replacement for the Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen.
“Compared to many other drivers, Korea is a place I quite like,” said Hulkenberg prior to the 14th round in the F1 2013 World Championship. “It's a nice track and each sector is very different. The first sector has two straights and two hairpins. Sectors two and three are a bit like a street circuit and technically quite challenging. I enjoy driving there.
“Also, historically, it has been quite a good circuit for me. In 2010 I would have finished fifth, but had a puncture just before the end of the race. Last year I had a great race there finishing sixth. So I have good memories of Korea and look forward to the race weekend.”
Team-mate Esteban Gutierrez meanwhile recently said a top-ten finish is the 'logical next step for him'
and the Mexican will be hoping he can break his points' duck.
“It is going to be an exciting weekend for me, because I've been to the track but never raced there before. I've heard it's quite nice to drive and it is going to be a good experience,” he stated. “In terms of preparation, I have mostly learnt from and analysed data and notes from previous years. I also watch a lot of on board videos and, of course, walk the track once we get there.
“With the two weeks between Singapore and Korea, I had plenty of time to study the track and make sure I am as best prepared as possible. Other than that, the aim for me will, again, be to keep up and improve my consistency.”
“The recent update packages [to the C32] have all worked as intended and are helping us to fight stronger within the tight midfield pack,” added Sauber's head of track engineering, Tom McCullough.
“Our aim is to continue qualifying strongly and give ourselves the best opportunity to score more points,” he concluded.