With rumours rapidly building that the venue for the Korean Grand Prix won’t be ready in time for its late October debut, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and the circuit’s designer Hermann Tilke have both claimed that there are no concerns.
Representatives from some of the teams recently paid a visit to the Yeongyam circuit, where it is suggested they were dismayed amidst observations that the circuit’s asphalt hadn’t even been laid, and nor were the paddock building even close to completion.
Former team boss and current BBC pundit Eddie Jordan told Auto Motor und Sport: “What concerned me most was that in the photos I saw, there were very few people working.”
The Red Bull team is set host a demonstration run there next weekend with Karun Chandhok at the wheel of its show car, which prompted team boss Christian Horner to joke: “If there is no asphalt, it might be a short demonstration!”
When asked about the circuit’s readiness to host the event in eight weeks’ time, F1 chief Ecclestone confirmed: “It is still on the calendar […] They will get it done somehow.”
That’s hardly a ringing endorsement, Bernie!
Similarly, Hermann Tilke was bullish about the event organisers’ prospects of having everything read in time for formula 1’s first visit to the Korean Republic.
“I’ve read some negative stories in the press and I can tell you that we’ll be there on 24 October,” he said. “The weather has delayed construction a bit, but we’re on schedule to get everything finished on time.”
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