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Keep on racing!
I feel good. After all the difficulties we had in Singapore, the race itself was one of the very best we have had this season. It was a certain battle victory. It felt like winning to finish third and to get back in the podium.
Obviously, I want to win every time I put my helmet on, but still, it felt good to have such an inspiring race after such a terrible practice and qualifying. It’s a great circuit and a great atmosphere to race, that’s for sure.
Now we still have six more race weekends ahead of us. The main thing is to focus on the racing only. I don’t want to think too much about what will happen next week, next month, or next year. 2014 starts only in 2014 for me.
After Singapore we have now the challenge of Korea. After a lively city of Singapore, this place doesn’t feel as exciting, but the track itself is good, and of course, that is the key factor for the drivers.
It’s a high down-force circuit, which should be good for our car. After Spa and Monza every circuit should be better for us and, at least, in Singapore the car felt very strong. Well, the Red Bull of Sebastian is far ahead of everyone, but our car is good enough to fight for the podium, and that’s a good starting point for the last races of the season.
During the short break I had a short rest, then I trained and took time to visit to see our team ICE1 RACING in the Nations’ Cup competition of motocross.
Now we have back-to-back races in Korea and Japan. I like both circuits, my back is still with me, and I’m ready for the new challenges. It will be a challenge to meet again the most passionate fans of the world in Japan, as well.
With just one hour’s worth of on track time ahead of Qualifying, a fairly un-dramatic final practice session saw Romain Grosjean and Kimi Räikkönen put in some good laps before the final charge. Here are the highlights from Korea’s FP3…
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m37.881s 17 2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m38.018s +0.137s 17 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.318s +0.437s 16 4. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m38.332s +0.451s 15 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m38.486s +0.605s 13 6. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m38.701s +0.820s 19 7. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m38.816s +0.935s 14 8. Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1m38.857s +0.976s 17 9. Nico Hülkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.961s +1.080s 16 10. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m39.114s +1.233s 14 11. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.128s +1.247s 15 12. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m39.196s +1.315s 16 13. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m39.204s +1.323s 17 14. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m39.274s +1.393s 15 15. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.327s +1.446s 17 16. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m39.371s +1.490s 19 17. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.665s +1.784s 15 18. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m40.128s +2.247s 17 19. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m41.360s +3.479s 19 20. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m41.614s +3.733s 20 21. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m41.646s +3.765s 14 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m42.267s +4.386s 17