So after all the confusion and speculation, Korea host its first GP weekend tomorrow. Built semi-permanent like Valencia it is the third foray into the unknown in as many years. But as I said, draped in speculation since the mid-season, it wont come without it?s controversies.
For starters, in my opinion, starting construction a year before the track will host the GP is way too short. Surely you should build a track before even considering a date for hosting. Postponement/cancelling an event because it isn?t ready is embarrassing in any sport. Here in F1 it would have been blown all out of proportion, like many stories in its recent history.
Secondly, a track inspection was conducted 11 days before the first car turns a wheel on the track is cutting it dead fine. In an era where track safety is key point number 1, an inspection to see if the track is up to standard so close to first practice leaves little time for amendments on the track, especially when they still have to layer the last concrete.
Bits and pieces are still being finished right up until the start of the race, and it all seems a bit hurried. Yet Hermann Tilke, engineer extraordinaire, seems relaxed about it all. He claims the inaugural could be as exciting as this years Canadian Grand Prix, which is a big claim. They hadn?t even got off the starting line and it was all kicking off. Plus, with last layer of track being just being put down, conditions will be slippery. Always exciting to watch. He could be right.
And Tilke has designed tracks such as Malaysia, Shanghai, Istanbul and Singapore, all great venues with good racing, which is promising. Let?s just hope it isn?t a turkey like Bahrain.
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