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Korea should suit Mercedes - Wolff

ESPN Staff
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Mercedes is confident its car will suit the Korean International Circuit (KIC) hosting this weekend's Korean Grand Prix.

Since winning the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of the summer break, Mercedes has scored just one podium and seen its qualifying overhauled by Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel. However, executive director Toto Wolff is confident the layout of KIC, combined with a new update on the W04 this weekend, will see Mercedes take the fight to its rivals.

"In the three races since the summer break, our team has scored an average of 20 points per Grand Prix," he said. "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."

Team principal Ross Brawn said consistent results would be the target to ensure Mercedes closes the seven point gap to Ferrari in the constructors' championship.

"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."