Ladies of the night could be a common fixture during the 2011 Korean GP weekend It looks like the ‘love motels’ will make a return appearance for many visitors heading to Korea for the country’s second shot at hosting a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

At least that’s the admission of the head of the Grand Prix’s organising committee, Joo Dong-sik, who has now taken over from the group’s recently-sacked chairman, Yung Cho Chun.

To the incredulity of many in the sport, the organisers of last year’s inaugural event were awarded the FIA’s race promotion prize, despite the event being criticised for continuous construction delays and alleged mismanagement.

Another issue of significant concern was that – in light of the circuit’s accommodation facilities having not been built at the time – many team members and journalists were restricted to accommodation known as ‘love motels’, an apt description given their usual use for the local prostitutes and their clients.

It seems that yet more accommodation shortages will result in the high-end hotels being booked well in advance ahead of this year’s event, with Dong-sik telling the Jongang Daily newspaper: “We are currently faced with no other options but to utilise existing accommodations and upgrade their quality.

“But we feel that the upgrades, such as free internet and cable television, will satisfy our visitors.”

Dong-sik also confirmed that the ticket prices for this year’s event have been slashed to boost attendance for this year’s race.

Leaving plenty of cash in the pockets for those who wish to utilise the more regular guests of said ‘love motels’…

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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.