One of the most highly anticipated races of 2010 is the inaugural Korean grand prix. Designed by none other than Herman Tilke himself, the man behind the Sepang International Circuit, the drivers were also raring to have a go at the new circuit, but if new reports of the race being postponed prove to be accurate, the excitement will have to go on for another year.
German magazine Focus says the circuit under construction in Yeongam, about 400km south of the capital Seoul, may not be completed by the time of its scheduled debut race this year at the end of October.
With rumours of serious problems at the construction getting louder, the report also said that F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone flew directly to South Korea after the Malaysian grand prix.
The report also said that Bernie, now 79-years old, will decide in the coming days whether or not to cancel the race, which would reduce the 2010 schedule from a record-equaling 19 races down to 18.
F1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke’s company was responsible for the design of the circuit, but unlike most of his other projects, the German architect is only an advisor for the actual construction in Korea.
“For the first time I am concerned that a (Tilke) circuit is not going to be finished on time,” he is quoted as saying.
Focus said a possible outcome for South Korea, despite tickets for the October 24 race already being on sale, is a postponement for one year.