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Mercedes preview – Korean GP: “We need to maximise every opportunity that comes our way”

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2457_bigThe Korean Grand Prix takes place on Sunday 6 October at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam for the fourth time.

In the three Grands Prix so far, there have been more Safety Car periods (5) than race leaders (2, Vettel and Alonso).

The 2012 Korean Grand Prix featured just 34 overtaking manoeuvres, the second fewest of the season after Monaco. One third of the 18 corners at Yeongam are taken at below 100 kph – a higher figure than at the Hungaroring.

“This will be our fourth visit to the Korea International Circuit and the first race of an intense period with six Grands Prix in just eight weeks before the end of the season” says Ross. “The track itself has a reasonably slow layout but is a good challenge for the cars and drivers.

The long straights at the start of the lap are followed by a tight and twisty second half which is closely pinned in by the walls. 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.”

For Toto, “in the three races since the summer break, our team has scored an average of 20 points per Grand Prix. But it’s a measure of our expectations now that we have left each circuit disappointed that we didn’t achieve even more.

That’s a feeling we’ll be looking to change this weekend. The Yeongam circuit is a combination of long straights and mainly slow to medium-speed corners that should suit our car, which will also receive an aerodynamic update for this race. We have six races to go this season and a clear target of securing second place in the Constructors’ Championship.

To achieve that, we need to maximise every opportunity that comes our way with both Nico and Lewis, beginning this weekend.”

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