Thursday, 13 October 2011
Preview 2011 Yeongam Circuit, Korean GP
Yeongam Circuit has 5.6 km, 55 laps with a race distance of 309 km; 3 highspeed straches, 5 slow turns, 2 ideal spots for overtaking and a top speed around 312 km/h. Best preview Redbull (Webber comment):
German designer Hermann Tilke was given the responsibility of the design of the track. It will be part permanent, part temporary. The temporary part will race along the harbour side of the province where spectators from the promenade, hotels and yachts can view the race. Part of the city with possible exhibition facilities, shops, restaurants and cafes will be utilized to be the pit lane during the F1 Grand Prix weekend.
The first F1 race was held at the track in 2010. The deal is for seven years, with a five-year option after that which would take the race until 2021. It was announced on September 2, 2009, that the funding was in place to start construction at the site, and officials were confident the work would be completed in time to hold a Grand Prix in 2010. On December 10 - 2009, the organisers of the event announced that they were on schedule, with a plan to finish the circuit on July 5, 2010, though they admitted that their largest problem lay in finding accommodation for all F1 staff and spectators. The organisers also ruled out the possibility of staging the race at night until they have more knowledge of and experience in running a Grand Prix.
The Korean GP was run on October 24 for the 2010 Formula One season. The event was the 17th out of 19 events during the 2010 Formula One season after the Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit. The capacity of the venue is 135,000 spectators.
In the midst of speculation that the race would be aborted because the circuit would not be completed in time, organisers for the race announced the circuit's opening date to be September 5 - 2010.
According to the Chonnam Yeongam Korean Formula One Grand Prix circuit, around 77 million dollars (88 billion won) was needed for the construction cost of the circuit, the amount requested by the scholarship that was used in the 52.8 billion won. However, it was difficult to secure the remaining 35.2 billion won this year, and was reported to be virtually no prospect of government aid to the Formula 1 project by the Korean government.
Fastest Laps in Korea: 1:50.257 - Fernando Alonso(2010)
Record lap 1:35.585 - Sebastian Vettel (2010)
Lets see last year pole made by Vettel: