New photos of Korean track development

The planned layout for the Korean Grand Prix

The planned layout for the Korean Grand Prix

The Korean Grand Prix will make its debut this year, and preparations are well underway.

At the moment, a few grandstands have been partially set up, and the pit area is also getting along well. The various centres have been the most developed, and should be completed within a few months. While the track is nowhere ready, you can see the outline of it in the photos.

From this, there doesn’t seem to be too much worry about it not being ready in time. However, that’s not to say that the track will actually be any good. I really don’t like the look of it, as it seems to be completely flat and lifeless, and the corners are all in a mess. It just doesn’t fit together at all. Overtaking opportunities? Only one, and it’s a long straight in between two (surprise surprise) heavy braking zones.

To top it all off, you’ll never guess who designed it. Put your hands together for (drum roll)…. Herman Tilke. The only decent circuit he’s ever made is Turkey, and that place is more expensive than La Rascasse.

A preview of the Grand Prix is available here:

New development pictures are available here:

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4 responses to “New photos of Korean track development

  1. pickle92 March 8, 2010 at 18:42

    You’re preaching to the choir with regards to the Tilker comment. He is poison to F1 when it comes to track design. And what are they building? A race track or a city?!

    • ciaranmor March 8, 2010 at 19:03

      Seems to be a massive set of team buildings, media centres, VIP rooms, and race control. If you have a look at the video (1:50 in), you can see that the designers have literally planned a mini city inside it. The fact that they spend 3 minutes braggins about the facilities, then 1 about the track says a lot.

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  3. Frokostordning March 10, 2010 at 00:15

    Hm hm.. that’s quiet interessting but to be honest i have a hard time determining it… wonder how others think about this..

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