Nico Hulkenberg was the star of the Korean GP, the Sauber driver taking a superb fourth place after holding off Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in the closing laps.
Hulkenberg kickstarted his great afternoon by getting up to fifth on the first lap.
“We started seventh but if anything we were looking more to the rear to defend rather than attacking,” he said. “I think it was an almost perfect race for us. We put everything together, we grabbed the opportunities.
“It was tough, really tough, and long and demanding really. I couldn’t really afford any kind of mistake. It was one of these days where we weren’t really expecting that much, but when the opportunity came, we grabbed it. Good passing, the strategy worked out fine.”
Hulkenberg admitted he was worried that his tyres would go off before the end of the race.
“I think the safety car helped us a bit there, both safety cars. On the other hand it brought everybody back together, and my worry at the time was that if we’d fallen off like bananas five laps to the end then I had everybody on my tail. I was worried that all the effort would be for nothing in the end. I think one of the keys today was good traction, and we had a very good top speed, which made the others not get past me.
“I’m very pleased, very happy, it’s a mega result for us, best one of the year actually. So a great team effort.”
Regarding next weekend’s race in Japan he said: “It’s a different circuit. Obviously it’s a high speed track with a lot of flowing corners. It will be difficult – don’t expect this to happen every week now! We’re going to try, but I wouldn’t expect it.”