Daily Archives: October 12, 2010

Korean GP given green light by FIA

FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting inspecting the Korean GP circuit

FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting inspecting the Korean GP circuit

The Korean Grand Prix has been confirmed to go ahead later this month, as a recent FIA inspection has reported the track to be up to safety standards, and more importantly, the construction is still on time. Charlie Whiting has been inspecting the track over the last 2 days, and has finally declared the race ready to go.

 

For the last few months, particularly in the recent weeks, speculation has been mounting about the circuit’s inability to prepare the track in time, particularly in the laying of the tarmac, which only happened a few days ago. However, with this seal of approval from the FIA, surely most of the media attention will focus on the actual race.

While the tarmac and kerbs are now down, certain aspects of the infrastructure are still to be completed, such as some of the smaller grandstands. Having said that, the main features of the circuit are reported to have been completed.

Race promoter Yung Cho Chung has welcomed the approval by the FIA, and has stated that he hopes to see this Grand Prix ignite more Korean interest in F1:

"We are delighted that all works are now finished to the 
complete satisfaction of the FIA, and we join the whole of 
Korea in welcoming the Formula 1 fraternity to the Korea 
International Circuit for the first time.

The KIC has been constructed to the highest standards, and 
will become the epicentre of motorsport in the country. We 
believe the 2010 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix will be the 
catalyst to ignite enormous interest in the sport across 
the nation."

 

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