Korean GP cancellation Fears continue to mount that the inaugural Korean Grand Prix – slated for later this year – will be called off, amidst the growing political tensions between South Korea and North Korea.

Initially having been the subject of speculation over its slow construction, it seems that the situation has been inflamed when the North Korean military sank a South Korean naval vessel that killed 46 soldiers.

Finland’s Turun Sanomat newspaper quotes sources stating that the construction of the Yeongam circuit may have been slowed further by the fractious political situation.

Amid the ongoing wrangling between the South and the North, it is speculated that the F1 teams’ association, FOTA, would not be prepared to freight its equipment to Korea ahead of time if the race is going to be called off.

It has also emerged that most teams haven’t even gone as far as booking airline tickets or hotel accommodation for their crew, even though similar arrangements for the following races at Brazil and Abu Dhabi are already well underway.\

If that isn’t a clear sign that the teams are worried about a cancellation…!

"If there is [war], we won’t be there obviously," F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone said to reporters in Turkey.

[Original image via Scrape TV]

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