If you’re a Formula 1 fan, you must have heard of the upcoming Korean Formula 1 Grand Prix already.
There have been mixed news reports but I am still hoping that it pushes through. Work on the 5.62 km Korean International Circuit at South Jeolla, South Korea has been underway since 2007 and even received a big boost after government legislation was approved for additional funding to its development. Development of the circuit is estimated to reach up to $264 million.
The latest statements from organizers say that the racing track is currently 70% completed while the main grand stand is now 80% completed. However, track designer Hermann Tilke has recently raised concerns that the Korean circuit may not be completed in time for the planned start of the race on October 24 which is already noted in the current Formula 1 calendar.
If everything turns out for the best, the race will have a total of 55 laps for a total racing distance of 305.15 km. The circuit will also have Asia’s longest straight which is expected to allow drivers to push speeds of up to 320 km/hr.