As if it wasn't already enough that completion of the circuit is running grossly behind schedule and serious doubts are being expressed about whether the race will even be able to take place, organisers of the inaugural Korean Grand Prix later this month have now come up against yet another obstacle – with an accident having caused damage to one of the track's grandstands.
It has emerged that as promoters rush to get the venue ready in time for the 21-24 October race weekend – with F1 commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone having conceded earlier this week that the present situation is 'not good' and even 'dangerous', and fearing that the sport will be 'lucky' if the event does ultimately go ahead [see separate story – click here
] – a crane tipped over on Wednesday, with its arm crashing into one of the grandstands, though reportedly not causing excessive damage.
Organisers the Korea Auto Valley Operation (KAVO) – who signed a seven-year deal to bring the world's fastest and most glamorous sport to the troubled Far-Eastern country – have asserted that the incident will not further delay preparations, and have confirmed that a new final inspection and approval date for the Korean International Circuit has now been set, with the FIA set to visit on 11 October.
“We will rush to complete work and people will see a complete circuit when they (the FIA) conduct a final inspection,” revealed an official.