Recent concerns as to the readiness of the venue for the inaugural Korean Grand Prix can certainly be eased after Karun Chandhok completed a successful demonstration run in a Red Bull F1 showcar in front of 4,000 spectators.
There were fears that the race would be called off with rumours doing the rounds that construction of the circuit would not be finished on time.
Speaking after the event, Chandhok was impressed with the venue’s facilities and reckoned the circuit would be ready on time.
“Looking at the facilities, the garages and team buildings look pretty much finished and they’re big,” he said. “I think teams will need to bring around 30 per cent more furniture to fill them! The grandstands also look reasonably finished.
The Indian driver was full of praise for the circuit’s layout and believed it would provide an action-packed race.
“It’s a really interesting layout,” he added. “The track’s got a good mix of corners and I think we’ll see a lot of overtaking in the first sector – there are long straights into slow hairpins. The straight after Turns 1 and 2 is really long, so we may see some good slipstreaming there, like in Shanghai.
“From Turn 7 onwards, there’s a fast section of flowing corners all the way back to the start-finish line.”
[Original image via GP Update]