F1 » Rumours about 'disastrous' Korea are 'inaccurate'

As his fellow drivers nervously await first practice and their step into the unknown, Karun Chandhok - the only man yet to have driven the Korea International Circuit in an F1 car - insists fears about the track's safety are misplaced

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mel_drew - Unregistered

October 18, 2010 7:35 PM

From your heading "........Karun Chandhok - the only man yet to drive the Korea International Circuit in an F1 car........." is incorrectly, and carelessly, written, suggesting that KC is the only man who has not yet driven the circuit.

But never mind. As Graham Chapman so memorably almost said......."Bl**dy pedants!"

More to the point, an uncured, oily surface might be quite interesting. Maybe prevent the Bulls from having too easy a final cruise down to the championships!

Don Woodrow

October 18, 2010 7:47 PM

The integrity of the tarmac will only be known after practice has started, as was shown in Canada a few years back, fresh tarmac has the propensity to break up under the loads put on it during acceleration and braking.
Having not had time to cure properly oil coming to the surface could also be a big problem.

At least it will be the same for all the teams, so there is a level playing field in that respect.


October 18, 2010 8:04 PM

chandok drove the circuit before the surface coating had been applied, and it was not at racing speeds. i covered this raw tarmac problem on another thread. spa , in 1985, had to postpone its gp for 5 months, due to new tarmac breaking up. rosberg, heidfeld and button have all expressed their concerns. i guess we'll know how it performs on friday!

BigG - Unregistered

October 19, 2010 4:12 AM

It seems to me that F1 owners have bent over backwards to get this circuit on the calender, but couldn't wait to rubbish the failed Donington adventrure......greasy greasy palms.

Anonyomous - Unregistered

October 19, 2010 6:49 AM

1985 is a pretty long time ago and I am sure that there have been advances in binding polymers etc which do not make that comparison relevant.
It is however, still quite possible that there could be problems, but I hope not. As for the rest, I believe that there has been a concerted campaign against this track for some reason. I have actually been there on several occasions and the local town is small but not so bad. Restaurants (Korean BBQ etc are ok), Local Hotels are better than most European small hotels near circuits. The bigger city is 45mins away (same distance as Sepang to KL for example).
I personally do not like Tilke circuit designs, but the facilities are fantastic. Korea is an important market. It has car manufacturing and also is the home to major present and potential sponsors for F1 (not just Bernie).
People don't like change, but change is inevitable.

Scott - Unregistered

October 19, 2010 10:06 AM

Might be a bit of a disaster if the North decide to lob a couple of bombs over the DMZ......hehe.

Seriously though I'm sure it will be ok. We will know in a few days.
It will be pretty slippery for a while but should be ok come race day, although offline could still be a bit dicey.

What's the chances of the entire grid burying to the rear axles when the lights go out. That I'd like to see......well the mischievous me anyway.

Donington Fan - Unregistered

October 19, 2010 10:20 AM

I'd like to know who has been in charge of the construction work out there.....
Track left unfinished for ages....
Facilities not built......
Promise after promise broken....
Massive amount of mess left behind.....

Simon Gillett, maybe!!!

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