F1 Could Postpone Korean GP for 2011

This year's Formula One schedule might be reduced to only 18 races, after worries that the Korean Grand Prix might be postponed for next year have surfaced in the media. According to news magazine Focus, it seems the circuit that is currently being built in Yeongam might not be ready in time for hosting the 2010 Korean GP.

The race – some 400km south of the capital Seoul – is scheduled to take place between October 22-24. Even though they have plenty of time to finalize the circuit, it seems the very boss of F1 Bernie Ecclestone expressed worries that he might have to postpone the race due to the slow pace of the building process.

Since having 18 rather than 19 races in the calendar might become an issue in the late stages of the season – when the teams and drivers will be busy doing their math/strategy for the final stages of the 2010 campaign – Ecclestone wants to take care of this problem right away. Consequently, he flied to South Korea shortly after last weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, to get some extra information on how work on the circuit is developing.

For the first time I am concerned that a (Hermann Tilke) circuit is not going to be finished on time,” Ecclestone was quoted as saying by Focus, hinting that the complex will not be ready by the scheduled time of the event. Apparently, the Brit would not favor an extension to the current calendar – postponing the race to a later date in 2010 – but a reprogramming of the event for the 2011 campaign.

German designer Hermann Tilke had his company create the outline of the Yeongam track, but unlike his other works in F1 – China, Malaysia, Bahrain, Turkey, etc – he is only an advisor for the South Koran officials.
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