Reports are doing the rounds in the German media that the inaugural Korean Grand Prix – set for late October – could be called off!
Focus is reporting that the construction of the Yeongyam-based circuit – located about 400km south of Seoul – may not be completed in time for its maiden F1 race.
This is dire!
With rumours circulating of serious delays and problems in construction, the article claims Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone travelled to South Korea following the last Grand Prix in Malaysia.
The report adds that Bernie will
kick some heads decide in the coming days if the race will be cancelled, which in turn will reduce the number of races from a record-equalling 19 down to 18 races.
The company owned by the ubiquitous circuit designer Hermann Tilke is responsible for the design of the circuit, but in a change up to usual proceedings, he is simply an advisor to the construction.
"For the first time I am concerned that a circuit is not going to be finished on time," Bernie is quoted having said.
Despite tickets for the October race having already gone on sale, Focus claimed that the likely outcome would be a postponement of one year.
The guys in Yeongyam had better pull their fingers out!
[Original image via Automobile Magazine]