This year’s Formula 1 calendar has a new destination for our favourite traveling circus. The first ever Korean Grand Prix, the third last race of the season before Brazil and Abu Dhabi, is penciled for 24th October. Korea Auto Valley Operation (KAVO) has come out to assure that construction of the Korea International Circuit is on schedule for completion this summer.
At present, 80% of track is completed, and in July, the circuit will enter the final phase of the development – surfacing of the track. “Construction is on schedule for completion this summer, and we have encountered no obstacles whatsoever, either logistical or political. The Government, at both the central and provincial level, is fully supportive of the project, and the entire country looks forward to welcoming F1 to South Korea this autumn,” KAVO’s CEO Yung Cho Chung said.
Located in the South Jeolla region, 400 km from Seoul, the Yeongam circuit is in a rural location and KAVO plans to develop the area surrounding the circuit. A high-tech business park, residential and leisure facilities are part of the plans. The waterside circuit, like most newer tracks such as Sepang, has been designed by Hermann Tilke to be a good challenge for the drivers and to house 130,000 spectators. The 5.615 km F1 track has a smaller 3.045 km course built into it for less demanding events.