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Schumacher 'pleasantly surprised' by Korean International Circuit

ESPNF1 Staff
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Michael Schumacher described the circuit as 'demanding' and 'challenging' © Getty Images

Michael Schumacher confessed he was surprised how demanding and challenging it was to drive the new Korean International Circuit for the first time on Friday.

A veteran of 266 grands prix in a career spanning almost 20 years, the Mercedes driver liked what he saw of Formula One's latest offering.

"The track has been very good and I enjoyed driving it today," said Schumacher. "Of course a new track with totally fresh asphalt needs to rubber in but it got better and improved massively over the day. I am very pleasantly surprised with the circuit. It is very demanding, challenging and tricky which provides a challenge that I like a lot."

Despite finishing only 12th fastest after the opening day of practice, Schumacher said he was happy with his day's work and goes into the rest of the weekend in a confident frame of mind.

"It has been a good day for us and we have been able to do a lot of work on track. We look pretty reasonable in terms of speed and pace and my aim would be for the top ten in qualifying and to score points in the race."