Concerns that the Korean Grand Prix could be affected as a tropical storm passes through the region have eased following the latest updates on its path.

Previous forecasts suggested that the storm, while missing the Mokpo area, would still be violent enough to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the Yeongam track on raceday, but the predictions have since been revised and now claim that the race could remain dry, even if wind speeds pick up significantly as the storm migrates to typhoon status.

Korea's F1 history, while short, already features a brush with the region's notorious weather systems, with the inaugural race in Mokpo interrupted by torrential downpours in 2010. On that occasion, the circuit - which had only just been completed in time for the event - failed to cope with the rainfall, and the race had to be put on hold for nearly an hour before being restarted behind the safety car. As a result of the delay, and a determination to ensure that it ran its scheduled distance, Fernando Alonso was enveloped in darkness when he eventually took the chequered flag.

"It's due to pass close to here on Sunday but the predictions at the moment, and remember this is still three days away, are that it's going to miss the circuit because it's heading towards mainland China," McLaren's Sam Michael told Sky Sports News in the build-up to the weekend, "But we'll still see heavy winds and heavy rain and that could be enough to affect the race."

"[The high winds] are disruptive and, when you then get torrential rain that sits on the outside of a typhoon, it's definitely enough to cause a grand prix to be stopped, or at least run under the safety car. At the moment, we can't really judge what level that's going to be, but we'll get more and more information, down to every hour on the last day, so we'll see."



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