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Ecclestone confident over Korea

Bernie Ecclestone confident that Korea's GP plans will come to fruition
Bernie Ecclestone says he is confident that the Korean Grand Prix will go ahead as planned later this year, despite speculation that the event could be at risk.

Political tension within Korea has done little to dispel talk that the race might not take place, despite organisers having recently met with FIA safety delegate Charlie Whiting to update him on progress being made.

Ecclestone however said he was confident that the race will take place, pointing to Abu Dhabi as an example of a race he thought might not happen before it actually did.

“They're getting on with it,” he told SPEED.com. “Like all new events, until it happens, it's a new event, and people won't believe it. Even when I went to Abu Dhabi three months before the race, I thought, 'This isn't going to happen'.”

Event promoter Yung Cho Chung also denied there were any problems, insisting everything is under control.

“Our preparation and construction is under control, and will be completed in August,” he said. “Pre-inspection from the FIA is already done, and Charlie Whiting is quite happy with our progress. Now he is checking a report every day, but our schedule is in place, so actually we email him every day on what's happening. Very soon FOM and other people will check out our preparations. We are very comfortable.”


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Jack Cunningham - Unregistered

August 03, 2010 5:27 PM

The Foreign Office has warned against travel to Korea. How can Bernie Ecclestone expect the teams to travel to a possible war zone. The South Korean Government are playing down the risk of war, but North Korea are not going to pass up such a high profile opportunity to embarrass the South. Should this mans lust for money be allowed to put many lives at risk.........NO

keech998 - Unregistered

August 03, 2010 3:17 PM

I'm sure most fans don't care about F1 going to Korea. We know Bernie is only taking the F1 circus to Korea because they have coughed up many millions to stage a GP. Whilst it is good to take the show to other countries, it makes not s''t of a difference to F1 fans about a race going ahead in Korea, well at least i don't, so maybe i'm wrong. Probably! Lets just hope that the new circuit offers good racing, i doubt it, but as i said, i'm probably wrong!!!!



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