Korean Grand Prix – They Have Made It Happen

Welcome to South Korea and Formula 1’s introduction to a brand-new location at a crucial point in the 2010 season.
This is 3rd race in straight in Asia, and this track has everything of formula 1, as designed by Harmann tilke, not everyone likes his design, but he has promised to give exciting race this weekend with track having 3 straights, speedy corners and mainly anti-clockwise turns.
Located on the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula – a strip of land which extends for almost 700 miles into the Pacific Ocean from continental Asia – the weather was naturally a hot topic of discussion at Yeongam’s Korea International Circuit as the majority of the F1 fraternity arrived for the first time on Wednesday.

The track itself is 5.6 kilometres long, or three and a half miles if you prefer. There’s 18 corners and, with that equalling a precise total distance of 309.155 kilometres (192.1 miles), the race will consist of 55 laps. Although – in typical Hermann Tilke fashion – the majority of curves feature vast run-off areas, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Monaco or Valencia on the stretch between Turns 2 and 3, with the track being lined by two satanic and very unforgiving concrete walls.
A projected lap time of around one minute 44 seconds and that the cars will be on full throttle for 55 per cent of the lap.
The average speed will be 195 km/h, with a top speed of 315 km/h on the 1.2 km straight between turns two and three.
Turn eight is probably the quickest of the lap with an apex speed of 235 km/h, while turn three is the slowest corner, expected to be taken at just 65 km/h.
Actually korean GP got go ahead was only confirmed last week when the host track, the 5.6-km Korean International Circuit, finally passed an FIA inspection.
However, photographs taken the Wednesday before the race still reveal a certain state of flux.
So what to expect? The track in fact combines 3km of permanent track between turns three and 12, together with a stretch of street circuit past the harbourfront of Jeollanam-do, a city which seems as much a work in progress as the circuit itself.


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