F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has scotched suggestions that construction for this year’s inaugural Korean Grand Prix is behind schedule, allegedly placing it at risk of losing its position on the 2010 calendar.

Germany’s Focus magazine broke with reports that circuit designer Hermann Tilke expressed doubts that the circuit would be completed on time for its maiden race, scheduled for 24 October.

Following the quick denials issued by event organisers, Bernie has also reiterated that he has no concerns with the Korean Grand Prix being under any cloud.

As quoted by Reuters, Ecclestone said: “I’m absolutely sure [it will be ready on time]. No doubt at all.”

He added that Tilke had never said the construction was behind schedule. "I’ve spoken to Tilke and he denies saying it," he added.

Bernie also confirmed that the Russian city, Sochi – scheduled to host the 2014 winter Olympic Games – was the early favourite as the venue for a possible Russian Grand Prix.

"We’ve got two or three places in Russia which we’re dealing with at the moment," he said. "There is a big push for us to do something with Sochi."

[Original image via Automobile Magazine]

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