September 30th, 2013 (F1plus).- Sauber has had a interesting and tough year so far. From poor performance when compared to last year to serious financial struggles. In the mix is the presence of the heavily sponsored Russian young fellow –Sergey Sirotkin- set to drive for the team in 2014 (if he gets FIA’s Super License), which means the exit of talented and more experience driver Nico Hulkenberg.
All these elements combined for a big scrutiny from the press and followers, which of course, generates pressure. Still, the team has managed not to fall to deep out of contention and lately has shown some progress in race pace.
As such, both drivers, Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez seem eager to arrive to the Korea International Circuit, especially the Mexican who has never raced there before.
“Compared to many other drivers, Korea is a place I quite like. It’s a nice track and each sector is very different.” The German said in reference to the mixed feeling towards the track from the paddock and grid in general.
“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.” Hulkenberg concluded.
Gutierrez will be visiting Korea for first time, so expected a bit of a learning process for the rookie driver while he adapts to the circuit during the course of the weekend.
“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 analyzed 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 the two weeks between Singapore and Korea, 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.” Gutierrez declared through a Sauber PR release.