While the Korean Grand Prix has been beset by issues before a car has even hit the track, Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn has welcomed the addition of the Yeongam circuit to the F1 schedule.
The FIA was only able to complete its final circuit inspection less than a fortnight before the race is due to take place, with the infrastructure around the track still appearing to need plenty of work before the venue is fully complete.
Despite those problems, Brawn said he was pleased that the event will go ahead as planned given the importance of expanding the F1 schedule into new markets.
"We are very pleased to be visiting Korea next week and are looking forward to the experience of racing in a new country for Formula One,” he said. “It is important for the future of our sport that we continue to expand our global fan base therefore we are very pleased that the venue is ready in time after some uncertainty.
“We have been preparing for the new Korean circuit back at the factory with work on our simulator so we have a good idea of what to expect but as always with a new track, it will be an interesting challenge."
Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug added that the team was keen to add to its points tally as it seeks to strengthen its grip on fourth in the standings.
"The first Korean Grand Prix will be a completely new experience for everybody involved in Formula One and our team welcomes this new race onto the calendar,” he said. “The organisers have had a challenging period of time to get the new facilities complete according to the initial plan but everything seems to be ready now.
“We are looking forward to an exiting first race at this new track in Yeongam where we can hopefully continue to get the maximum from our current technical package, as in the last races, and score additional points."