Lewis Hamilton is hoping that Mercedes can improve their qualifying performance this weekend in Korea after losing their early season advantage. Mercedes were once the qualifying kings but have lost ground to Red Bull Racing in recent races.
The Brit started from 12th on the grid in Italy before just making it into the top five in Singapore. Starting from further back has meant that he has been unable to challenge for podium finishes. He is hoping that will change this weekend at the Korea International Circuit.
Speaking in a team statement he said: “I’m looking forward to getting to Korea this week and going racing again. I’ve had a couple of decent results at the Korea International Circuit over the past three years and I do enjoy the circuit layout. It’s a good racing track with places that you can attack to overtake which makes it a good challenge for the drivers.”
He added: “We’ll be hoping to improve our qualifying performance this weekend to give the best possible chance in the race and I hope we can have a strong weekend in Korea.”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg is also a fan of the track layout and is looking for another strong team result this weekend. The German hasn’t stood on the podium since the British Grand Prix and last started from pole in Monaco.
He said: “I like the layout of the Korea International Circuit very much. It’s a good combination of long straights and hairpins where it is ideal to overtake. There is also a very fast flowing section with many linked corners round the back which is a big driving challenge. I hope we can achieve a strong team result in Korea to improve our position in the championship and we will all be pushing very hard to achieve this.”
Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn said that whilst a race win would be nice, their main aim is to reclaim and maintain second in the constructor’s standings with consistent double points scoring finishes: “Our focus for the last few races is very much to improve and then retain our position in the Constructors’ Championship and to end the season on a high. Of course, we would love another race win but consistency and strong points finishes to achieve our aim are more important for the team and both of our drivers.”
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