F1 » Koreans slam F1 preparations 'shameful' amidst poor ticket sales

Just two days from when F1 drivers and cars first take to the troubled Korea International Circuit for the inaugural Korean Grand Prix, locals have slated preparations as 'shameful' as organisers struggle to sell tickets

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Alan D - Unregistered

October 20, 2010 3:51 PM

Yoon Keun-SangL "F1 has failed to win over domestic support"

which makes it even more disgraceful that South Korea has a GP at all. What other sports hold their pinnacle events in countries where no-one is interested?

To the people who say that F1 is a world sport and it should be held across the globe, I would agree, but there are around 200 countries in the world, and about 190 of them have more interest in motor sport than South Korea, and there are less than 20 GPs to go around.

To the people who say we need to develop the interest, you don't do that with your premier event. Let's see them flocking to sports cars events and F3 etc before we start dishing out the rare prize of an F1 GP.

mark - Unregistered

October 20, 2010 4:02 PM

money spinner hahahaha somebody should really have warned them even if they fill the circuit THEY WONT MAKE ANY MONEY Bernie and will though so at least somebody is gaining from it lol


October 20, 2010 4:15 PM
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alan, totally correct. a circuit to be added to f1 calender, should have proven to be capable of holding other international events, and should be capable of attracting enough spectators. fia/bernie have broken all the requirements to pass this track, including waiving the 90 day rule. koreans are industrious, so their ability to get work done, should not be questioned, but the capability of the surface to withstand the high g forces imposed. tilke "guarantees" the surface. i hope that he has good insurance!

Backintheday - Unregistered

October 20, 2010 4:25 PM

It would make more sense from a point of view of spectators and interest levels to have the more established countries hosting 2 races each at decent venues, you know that the fans would appear at the traditional circuits in countries in Europe, Italy never had a problem with Imola and Monza for example...

The emerging circuits should be used in mid-season on a non-championship basis, teams can use the events as additional tests and bernie can see the spectator interest before committing to contracts.

poshsimontemplar - Unregistered

October 20, 2010 4:26 PM

For the sake of the sport, it must be a success. I really hope the circuit's new surface doen't break up, not just for the sport, but for the safety of the drivers, the track marshals and attendees.

If this were Silverstone, Bernie would be moaning and groaning about it. Yet, if it were, it would be a sell-out.

Fingers crossed for the success of the event.

Alan D - Unregistered

October 20, 2010 4:53 PM

BAckintheday: "and bernie can see the spectator interest before committing to contracts."

The last thing Bernie wants is for a circuit to have a taster of F1 and a chance to change its mind before signing in blood on the dotted line.


October 20, 2010 5:42 PM

There are a few of the so-called "traditional" tracks that haven't produced profits in recent years, so how and why the Yeongam will be a "money spinner" in the future beats me. Did the Korean officials talk to any of the organizers from the Australian GP? So many of these new countries want a GP, but it seems they will only wind up in debt. If debt is what they are looking for, then I understand their desire to host a GP event.

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