Hamilton focused on Ferrari
Lewis Hamilton has admitted his target in the Korean GP will be beating the Ferraris rather than Sebastian Vettel.
In a stunning burst since F1's summer break, the reigning World Champion has claimed three successive wins to leave his rivals floundering, with the German's margin of victory in last week's Singapore GP the largest recorded in dry conditions in almost a decade. The Red Bull driver is the odds-on favourite to clinch a third successive win at Yeongam this Sunday and Hamilton is seemingly resigned to a battle for second place with the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.
"I anticipate a strong weekend, and whether or not we can keep up the Red Bulls we'll see, but my target is to get these guys in red," the 2008 World Champion remarked in Thursday's press conference.
Following the mid-race deployment of the Safety Car in Singapore, Vettel consistently lapped two seconds a lap quicker than the chasing pack, and Hamilton admitted that he was flummoxed by the raw speed of the RB9 as it meted out a chastening defeat.
"That's the true pace of their car," conceded Hamilton. "Perhaps they have a lot more in the bag than we get to see. If you look at their onboards, he [Sebastian Vettel] is on the power full throttle at least twenty metres before everyone else, which is a huge advantage. There's nothing we can really do, we are always asking for more rear downforce.
"The last time I could put down the pedal that quick was in 2007 when we had traction control."