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Doubts persist over Korean GP

The chances of the inaugural Korean Grand Prix - scheduled to take place on 24 October, 2010 - actually going ahead remains very much up in the air...
The likelihood of the inaugural Korean Grand Prix actually taking place later this season remains uncertain, with ongoing and persistent rumours that the track due to host the race will not be ready in time for its scheduled 24 October slot on the calendar.

It is understood that the tense political situation between North and South Korea has hampered construction work on the 5.62km Korean International Circuit in Yeongam County, 400km south of Seoul, and whilst the sport's hugely influential commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone – the man who inked the deal for the race to be staged more than three-and-a-half years ago – is adamant that the grand prix will happen, it appears there is still a very real possibility that it will not.

South and North Korea are currently on the verge of major conflict after the former recently accused the latter of sinking one of its naval vessels, resulting in 46 deaths – with the North's response being to threaten all-out war, in which case, Ecclestone conceded, 'we won't be there obviously'.

The Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) is not willing to transport its equipment to Korea as long as the race remains a question mark, whilst teams have yet to make travel or accommodation arrangements, even though preparations for the subsequent Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix are believed to be well-advanced.

Should the Korean Grand Prix indeed be cancelled in F1 2010, it will mean a four-week gap between Suzuka and Interlagos – though Magny-Cours has been mooted as a potential late stand-in venue [see separate story – click here].



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Riff Raff - Unregistered

June 07, 2010 1:48 PM

Why Not Algarve In Portugal? the teams tested there Before the start of Last season, so they have some data of it, The Drivers loved it, saying it was a modern Spa and Tilke didnt design it. So why not there, where atleast there is a F1 fanbase, not just a bunch of VIPs and Expats, ala Singapore/ Abu Dhabi

kerpen - Unregistered

June 07, 2010 12:18 PM

Tilke tracks are sh1te. I hope we dont go to korea no one will turn up!. Keep the racing in europe where it is most popular, yes Melbourne and Montreal should be kept also the Japanese GP and Interlagos. But get rid of the rubbish tracks.



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