Mercedes targets Ferrari in fight for second in championship

By on Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes's Toto Wolff says that beating Ferrari to second place in the Constructors' championship is the team's aim ahead of the last six races of the season.

Mercedes is currently seven points behind Ferrari and enjoy a 61 point advantage over fourth placed Lotus.

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

"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 [Rosberg] and Lewis [Hamilton], beginning this weekend."

Hamilton secured four successive pole positions during the middle of the season but missed out on Q3 in Italy and managed only fifth place on the grid in Singapore. The 2008 world champion is targeting an improved performance on Saturday, in order to put himself in a better position for the race.

"It's a good racing track with places that you can attack to overtake which makes it a good challenge for the drivers," Hamilton said of the circuit where he claimed pole in 2011. "We'll be hoping to improve our qualifying performance this weekend to give the best possible chance in the race and I hope we can have a strong weekend in Korea."

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