Most alarming is the rhetoric.
Korea, among F1′s new breed of grands prix, is far from the most popular stop on the sport’s annual calendar.
Well-known British F1 photographer Darren Heath tweeted from the metropolis Seoul: “Fantastic 3 days. Early train to Mokpo tomorrow. “(It’s) like being in London then heading to Shetland for an F1 GP. Mad,” he concluded.
A damning report into the unrest in Bahrain earlier this year does not endanger the Kingdom’s return to formula one in 2012.
That is the claim of F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, as further turmoil kicked off in Bahrain surrounding the release of the report confirming the government was heavy-handed with its citizens this year.
The September inspection will be carried out personally by Whiting.
Charlie Whiting has moved to allay fears that India could falter at the final hurdle in organising its inaugural formula one race. With observers recalling last year’s Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, it has been rumoured that the grand prix might suffer the same shambolic preparations.
“It is a wonderful circuit for spectators as well as for the drivers”
An official of the new Indian grand prix has denied the Delhi venue could struggle to be ready for its inaugural October race later this year. The 5.1 kilometre Jaypee Group Circuit is currently under construction on 100 acres of land in the Uttar Pradesh state.
The only Korean brand involved as a sponsor was LG.
South Korean companies are reportedly holding off before deciding whether to follow the east Asian country into formula one. The brand new Yeongam circuit hosted its inaugural grand prix last weekend, but the only Korean brand involved as a sponsor was LG.
“If there is (war), we won’t be there obviously” -Ecclestone
Organisers of the inaugural Korean grand prix, scheduled to be held in October, have played down renewed fears the event might be called off. F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone recently checked on construction progress of the Yeongam circuit and dismissed rumours it will not be finished on time.
If Korea is cancelled, there will be an extremely rare four-week break
Fears are growing that the inaugural Korean grand prix this October may have to be called off. Although Bernie Ecclestone recently dismissed rumours that construction of the new Yeongam circuit might not be finished on time, political tensions between South Korea and the rogue North have been ramping up.
The inaugural Korean grand prix could be called off, according to a report in the German media.
The news magazine Focus says the circuit under construction in Yeongam, about 400 kilometres south of the capital Seoul, may not be completed by the time of its scheduled debut race this year at the end of October.
On the face of it, F1 recently presented a healthy 19 race dates for the 2010 calendar.
But so many of those venues are under a cloud: Canada and Germany are subject to the signing of contracts, Britain’s two alternative circuits are not guaranteed races, Spa’s racing license has been revoked, and South Korea’s new venue is only half built.
South Korea did not appear on the leaked provisional 2010 F1 calendar
South Korea has taken another step towards hosting a round of the formula one world championship. Earlier in September, the organisers Korea Auto Valley Operation (KAVO) said they had lined up nearly half of the necessary funding for building and operating the circuit, which is already under construction south of Seoul.
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