The FIA’s technical delegate, Charlie Whiting, has officially given the Korean Grand Prix circuit the go-ahead to host its maiden Formula 1 race in a fortnight’s time.

The Korean International Circuit has received FIA approval Whiting has spent the last two days scouring every aspect of the Yeongyam facility to ensure it meets with the FIA standards, amid a host of rumours speculating that the event would be scrapped due to ongoing organisational and construction delays.

However, some more doubts sprang up overnight when more heavy rain hit the venue and the still-curing top layer of asphalt that had been laid just days beforehand. Some reports are also claiming a bridge over the circuit is half-finished and one of the main access roads is still unpaved.

“It is satisfactory, and I will issue the license through KARA (Korea Automobile Racing Association),” Whiting said.

[Original image via AUTOSPORT]

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