After his star wet weather performances in Monaco and Belgium, Giedo van der Garde is hoping for more unpredictable weather at this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix. He could get just that as heavy rainfall is predicted for race day. The Dutchman will visit the Korea International Circuit for the second time after driving in FP1 for Caterham last year.
He feels that he will be able to push from the get-go during the first Friday session of the weekend after his 19 laps on the circuit last year. Speaking in a team statement he said: “Korea’s another track where I ran in FP1 in 2012, completing 19 laps which was enough to find my way around and be able to start pushing. Even though the tyres are different this year, that experience, as I had quite a few tracks last year, is particularly valuable now as it means I’m on it right from the start of FP1 and every lap counts in getting the setup right for the weekend.”
The rookie is hoping for some unpredictable weather, saying: “If it rains this year then it’ll definitely be very interesting. Our car likes the wet and two of my highlights this year have been on tracks where it’s been going from wet to dry, so it would be good if we could have some more unpredictable weather.”
Team-mate Charles Pic is looking to really optimise and make the most of the three practice sessions this weekend, in order to avoid the mistakes made in Singapore. He said: “Last year was my first race in Korea and I quite enjoyed it. This year it’s obviously a different package and as it’s quite a technical circuit it’ll be important to make the most of all three practice sessions to give us the best shot at quali and the race. In Singapore I didn’t really have a car balance I was happy with all weekend and I want to make that’s not the same in Korea, especially as if it rains on Sunday it’s likely there will be safety cars and we need to make sure we can seize any opportunities that come our way.”
The Korean Grand Prix goes back-to-back with Suzuka and the Japanese Grand Prix, a race that the Frenchman is looking forward to: “After Korea it’s straight on to Japan for one of the classic races. I’m already excited about getting back to Suzuka, but for now my focus is 100% on Korea and doing the best job possible over the whole weekend.”
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