Vettel: Formula 1 in Korea for last time

The first Korean GP was held in 2010

The first Korean GP was held in 2010

According to Sebastian Vettel, Sunday’s Grand Prix will be the fourth and last in South Korea, despite the race at remote Mokpo being given a provisional date on the huge 22-race 2014 calendar.

But “I have heard that we are here for the last time,” World Champion Vettel, who is famously close to Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, is quoted by DPA news agency.

A banner at the entrance of the paddock at the circuit this weekend reads: “Thank you Mr Ecclestone for 2013 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix”.

Race promoter Won-Hwa Park, however, insisted Korea’s Formula 1 dream, which started in 2010, is not over yet.

“We are still negotiating with Mr Ecclestone,” he said.

The organisers wanting a reduced race fee for 2014 and beyond – something Ecclestone is unlikely to agree to.

Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn hopes the provisional 2014 calendar does shed a few races.

“More than 20 is just too much,” she told Die Welt newspaper. “With the structure of the teams at the moment, [22 races] is not possible.” (GMM)

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