Korea – yes or no?

We were treated to our first look at the new F1 circuit in Korea a few days ago, thanks to the onboard footage from Karun Chandhok’s Red Bull. I’ve put this video below for you to have a look at.

The first thing that strikes me is the amount of dust being picked up by those tyres. I know dust can be cleaned, but for a track with a race in just over five weeks time, the amount was worrying. You’ll also notice the tread on the tyres. Karun has said via Twitter that they were used due to a rain shower just before the afternoon demo run (when the video was taken). I wonder whether it was a mixture of this, dust and an unfinished track surface requiring maximum grip.

When you look at the actual track, you’ll notice how high the kerbs are, all around the circuit. This indicates that another layer of asphalt is needed yet. The bollards and cones are quite comical, but they don’t look like they’re there for direction. It actually looks like the M1 roadworks – and that’s worrying.

Then there are the buildings. The Korean organisers have already admitted they will need to put up temporary grandstands as the permanent ones won’t be ready. But other buildings, hospitality areas etc don’t look ready either. Bernie Ecclestone has already commented they may need to bring tents – I don’t think he was joking.

The FIA will inspect Korea at the end of the month. By then, it’ll be too late to cancel. All the organisers can hope to do now is get the track to the right level, and the pit lane and paddock ready. Korea will go ahead, but unlike Abu Dhabi and other recent new circuits, it really isn’t going to be pretty.

I would welcome your comments, as always, and really do want to know your thoughts on the video, and whether the Korean GP will go ahead. Please add them below!


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