Drivers give thumbs-up to Korean F1 track – apart from the pit lane entrance

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The reaction of F1 drivers to the Korean International Circuit after the first day’s running at the track was largely positive. “For a modern track it has got a lot of character,” said Adrian Sutil, and several others were also complimentary about the track. But many drivers have also questioned the pit lane entrance which … Continue reading Drivers give thumbs-up to Korean F1 track – apart from the pit lane entrance

Championship rivals’ press conference

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The championship contenders As well as appearing in a photo call together the five championship contenders faced the media in the pre-race press conference at the Korean International Circuit. Here’s what Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel had to say: Q: Gentlemen, you have just been doing the recreation of … Continue reading Championship rivals’ press conference

Hamilton, Button, Alonso, Vettel and Webber re-create famous photograph

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The famous photograph of 1986 world championship contenders Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet has been re-created by the five drivers in contention for the 2010 drivers’ title. Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel posed together and with Bernie Ecclestone at the Korean International Circuit. See below … Continue reading Hamilton, Button, Alonso, Vettel and Webber re-create famous photograph

McLaren plan to race new wing in Korea

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McLaren principal race engineer Phil Prew says the team are “optimistic” they will be able to use their new rear wing at the Korean Grand Prix this weekend. The part was tested at Suzuka but not raced as Lewis Hamilton’s crash on Friday and rain on Saturday reduced the amount of available practice time available … Continue reading McLaren plan to race new wing in Korea

Unpredictable Korea may be McLaren’s last chance (Korean Grand Prix preview)

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F1 heads to the brand new and hastily-completed Korean International Circuit with question marks over the state of the track and facilities. But the situation for the McLaren drivers is clear. With three races to go Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button may have to give up on their championship chances if they fail to get … Continue reading Unpredictable Korea may be McLaren’s last chance (Korean Grand Prix preview)

Korea “ready” but construction continues

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The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, who run the Australian Grand Prix, has sent a team of marshals to Korea to help support and train the 700 Korean marshals in preparation for their inaugural Grand Prix this weekend. Among them is F1 Fanatic reader and experienced marshal John Booker. Here’s his view of the state … Continue reading Korea “ready” but construction continues

Ecclestone came close to cancelling Korea

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Bernie Ecclestone has revealed he was on the verge of cancelling the Korean Grand Prix last month due to the late-running construction work. Speaking to The Guardian he said: It’s done now. It’s all right. Last month I didn’t think it would be finished. And it would have been cancelled then – for sure. But … Continue reading Ecclestone came close to cancelling Korea

Late completion of Korea’s F1 track raises concerns over slippery surface

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The Korean International Circuit is the fourth new venue F1 has visited since the start of 2008. The cars will hit the track for first practice one week from today. But late-running construction work has raised doubts over what state the track will be in. Here’s a look at what to expect from Korea’s new … Continue reading Late completion of Korea’s F1 track raises concerns over slippery surface

Heidfeld warns over oily tarmac at Korea

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Nick Heidfeld has raised concerns over the track surface at the Korean International Circuit ahead of its inaugural race next week. The Sauber driver said: At the moment hardly anyone knows exactly what to expect on site. I am very curious to see the track and the facilities. From a driver’s perspective the most important … Continue reading Heidfeld warns over oily tarmac at Korea

Hamilton “extremely positive” about Korea

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Lewis Hamilton says he is “extremely positive” about the new Korean Grand Prix circuit after driving it in McLaren’s simulator: I’ve driven the Korean International Circuit on the simulator, and my first impressions were extremely positive. On paper, the track should suit our car quite well – the first sector is all about good end-of-straight … Continue reading Hamilton “extremely positive” about Korea

FIA confirms Korean GP will take place

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The Korean International Circuit has passed its FIA inspection, meaning the race meeting will go ahead as planned on October 22nd-24th. There had been doubts over the race as the FIA regulations require inspections to take place 90 days before a race. Korea’s inspection was delayed due to over-running construction work and the tarmac was … Continue reading FIA confirms Korean GP will take place

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