The Brit has endured a difficult rookie season so far and Marussia have lost their earlier performance advantage over Caterham, partly due to the changes to the Pirelli tyres mid-way through the year.
However, he is hoping that he can secure another good result in Korea. Speaking in a team statement he said: “I took a lot of positives away from my first night race in Singapore. Although Korea is a very different circuit, I feel there is a real momentum building now which I am obviously keen to maintain, so between the sim sessions, engineering meetings and my training, I’m feeling very focused.”
He added: “The Korea International Circuit marks another new experience. I understand the track to be quite slippery and the wide range of corners make it interesting to drive. I look forward to my first experience of it this weekend.”
Team-mate Jules Bianchi thoroughly enjoyed the first night race of his career but is hoping that the Korea International Circuit will better suit his car.
Both Marussia’s lost out to the Caterham of Giedo van der Garde during the 61 lap race but on a positive note, they did score another double-car finish. He is hoping for more of the same in Korea: “It was fantastic to experience the Singapore Grand Prix and my first night race last time out, although I have to say it was not the best track for me this year.
“I am hoping that Korea will suit the car better and I have been working hard in the simulator and with the engineers to prepare for this and the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, which is a track I have been looking forward to. We have to keep pushing hard to take the positives from every situation and keep bringing home the two-car finishes. Let’s hope for more of that this weekend.”
Marussia still hold on to 10th in the constructor’s standings thanks to Bianchi’s 13th place finish in Malaysia.
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