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Perez targets Force India as Sauber upgrades pay off

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sergio Perez is aiming for more points in Korea © Getty Images

Sauber is looking to build on its new-found momentum at the Japanese Grand Prix and Sergio Perez, who finished eighth at the weekend, has set his sights on Force India in the constructors' championship.

Sauber turned up at Suzuka with significant upgrades to its car, helping Kamui Kobayahsi qualify in the top ten and Perez bag four points in the race. Technical director James Key said the team had a few more minor updates for Korea and is hoping the team's good form will continue.

"We will continue to develop the package we introduced in Suzuka," he said. "We'll have some small additional follow up development items for introduction in Korea. I hope we can carry on the momentum we found in Suzuka."

Sauber is currently seventh in the constructors' championship on 40 points, eight points behind Force India and 11 points clear of Toro Rosso. Off the back of his second best result of the year, Perez is keen to push for sixth place, starting in Korea.

"I have not been to Korea before, and I have heard various stories from people in the paddock about last year's race," he said. "I have actually trained on the Korean track in the simulator. It has a lot of challenging high speed corners, and it is not an easy one to learn. In any case we have to use every chance to improve, and hopefully we can catch Force India in the championship."

After an emotional weekend at his home race in Japan, in which he started from seventh but made a bad start and finished 13th, Kamui Kobayashi is aiming to return to the points this weekend.

"I quite like the fact that Korea is so close to my home country," he said. "I hope the weather conditions will be stable this year and we will have an exciting race. With the aero update we introduced in Suzuka, we should be competitive, and I'm confident that we can fight for points there."