Korea GP track not ready for racing

FIA Safety Delegate Charlie Whiting (GBR) makes his final inspection of the new Korea International Circuit. Korea International Circuit Construction, Yeongam County, South Jeolla, South Korea, 15 July 2010.

FIA Safety Delegate Charlie Whiting made his final inspection of the new Korea International Circuit in July

Aug.24 (GMM) The reason for the delay of inaugural races at Korea’s new formula one circuit has become clear.

Late August at the new venue was originally scheduled to host the Asian Festival of Speed, with Asian GT and junior single seaters on the bill.

That event has now been rescheduled for late September, with the stated reason for the delay being construction holdups “caused by bad weather”.

The grand prix organisers said the 5.62 kilometre circuit will now open officially on September 5, with the F1 race still scheduled for late October.

The September opening is the end of next week, but photographs doing the rounds in the Spanish press indicate that it might be an ambitious target.

A photograph published by the sports newspaper AS’s website purportedly depicts the circuit one week ago.

The track surface is not asphalted, nor delineated with barriers or fences and some structures are apparently only in the formative stages of construction.