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Korean GP in doubt as project reportedly not on time

There are reports that construction may not be finished in time for the Korean Grand Prix

There are reports that construction may not be finished in time for the Korean Grand Prix

Reports are coming through that the Korean Grand Prix, scheduled for the first time later this year, may be in doubt, as the project has fallen behind schedule.

This new race is planned to be the 17th of the 19 races this year, so as to give the organisers more time to finish off the circuit, like the China circuit in 2005 and Abu Dhabi last year. However, construction at the Jeonman circuit has fallen behind schedule, leading to reports that the race may be cancelled.

Bernie Ecclestone travelled to Korea right after the Malaysian Grand Prix  to inspect the circuit. It is expected that he will decide in the next few days whether the race will go ahead this year or not. In an interview with German magazine Focus Magazin, Herman Tilke, mass murderer of promising circuits, said:

"For the first time, I'm afraid that a project is not finished
on time".

The circuit organisers say differently, claiming that plans are ahead of schedule, and the track will be completed on time, according to Chung-Yung-Cho:

"The construction progress is well ahead of its schedule and 
we have absolutely no issues with completion."

Eh, sure. Remember last year, when the USF1 team was founded, and a certain duo wouldn’t shut up about being ready on time? Now we face the same situation this year, with people who will continue to pretend everything is fine, right up to (and beyond) the point where everything collapses.

Interestingly enough, many top sites have taken Chung-Yung-Cho’s quote and used it in a “everything is fine” story. Here’s my counter-argument: No site who ran that story can produce photos of the work being on time. I don’t have any photos at the moment either, but if I get them, I’ll put them up here straight away.

Tickets for Korean Grand Prix on sale

The planned layout for the Korean Grand Prix

The planned layout for the Korean Grand Prix

The Korean Auto Valley Operation (KAVO) has started to sell tickets ahead of the inaugural Korean Grand Prix in October.

The prices of these tickets will range from 117,000 won (£68,€75) to 920,000 won (£537,€600) minus tax at the track. This circuit is expected to hold around 123,000 people when the Grand Prix is launched in October.

This race will be the fifth and last Asian race of the season, and it will launch the final trio of races.

More information can be found at www.koreangp.kr.

Although I have no use whatsoever, I went onto the official site (the ticket part of it is in Korean) and got prices for a 3-day ticket at Grandstand B, which is beside the hairpin which connects the pit straight and the main straight. This grandstand definitely looks like the best spot to see some good F1 action, unless you are the sort who goes to the tight section of the circuit with a camera. I’ve compared prices against a few of the best circuits on the calendar, to see are the tickets really worth it.

The circuits I am comparing against are Silverstone, Spa, Monza (as 3 of the best in Europe), China and Singapore (as  of the best in Asia). Apart from Silverstone, all prices were obtained through Formula1.com.

Best Grandstand Other grandstand
Korea €400
Silverstone €360 (Copse) €290 (Becketts)
Spa €520 (Eau Rouge) €520 (La Source)
Monza €340 (End of pit straight) €275 (Parabolica)
Shanghai €470 (Grandstand A) €260 (Grandstand K)
Singapore €575 (Turn 2) €315 (End of main straight)

Actually, it’s a bit cheaper than the best circuits around, but that was to be expected. I’ve heard from a few locals saying that it was too expensive for them, but €400 for a main ticket isn’t too bad compared to the rest. However, if you were thinking of going to any of the Asian races, there’s little point, seeing as how you can sit at Copse cheaper than any other great corner in the world.

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