The clock is most certainly ticking furiously in Korea, with a cursory reading of the International Sporting Code indicating that Formula 1’s governing body should already have made a decision to have approved the South Korean Yeongyam circuit as a suitable host for a Formula 1 Grand Prix, ahead of the track’s debut as an event host.

Yeongyamcircuit[1] Appendix O of the code states that the final inspection for a permanent road course circuit wishing to play host to a Formula 1 race should take place no less than 90 days out from the event being scheduled – meaning that the inspection should have occurred at the end of July.

The venue has been a very late deadline extension to September 21 to get itself ready for Charlie Whiting’s final inspection, and an FIA spokeswoman has admitted that “a lot of work remains to be completed”, according to a quote in the Telegraph.

Karun Chandhok is en route to the circuit where he is set to debut a Land Rover Discovery Red Bull showcar around the circuit, which event organisers KAVO is insisting is “90% complete”.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.