Esteban Gutierrez is looking to improve his consistency over the remaining six 2013 race weekends and is also looking forward to tackling the Korea International Circuit for the first time this weekend.
However it won’t be his first visit to the Korean Grand Prix having visited the race last year as Sauber’s reserve driver. The rookie is excited to race on the circuit for the first time, saying in a team statement: “Korea 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. 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 a two week break between Singapore and Korea, Gutierrez has spent plenty of time preparing for his Korean Grand Prix debut and stamped out his aims for the rest of the season: “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.”
Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg is a fan of the Hermann Tilke designed circuit and is looking forward to returning to Korea after running well there in the past: “Compared to many other drivers, Korea is a place I quite like. 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 and 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.”
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