Posts Tagged ‘ Mokpo ’

F1 – Race conditions vs the safety car

There is a difference. And the race (my jeans were barely damp, and they’re paid millions!) could have restarted earlier, but anyway… The world feed certainly captures the moment, but it doesn’t necessarily capture the experience.

But I digress…


Korean F1 track great for Mark Webber

Webber (Red Bull) is at the top of the table, but an another win surely won’t hurt. There are still 75 points over three races up for grabs. Mark is ahead by 14.

The new track for this weekend’s inaugural Korean Grand Prix will suit Australia’s Mark Webber as he continues his tilt at the Formula One world title.

That’s the view of Indian Karun Chandhok, the only man to have driven the new Yeongam circuit in a Formula One car ahead of the first Grand Prix to be held in the country on Sunday.

Chandhok, who has competed in 10 races for the Hispania Racing Team this season, took part in a demonstration event at the Korean circuit in early September.
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He believes the characteristics of the track play into the hands of Webber and and his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel, who sit first and third in the championship standings.

“I think Korea is another Red Bull circuit,” Chandhok said.


Now how about buying the other half of the tickets allocated, Korea?

Korean F1 edges closer

It’s less than three days until the first practice session on Friday. And in a stroke of luck, the country school I attend on Fridays is having a field trip and I don’t have to be there! Also, the weather for the race (3pm Sunday) is looking good!

Here’s a bit of what FOM has to say.

So what have the simulations revealed so far? Well, the projected lap time is 1m 44s and the cars will be on full throttle for 55 percent of the lap and on the brakes for 20 percent. The average speed will be 195 km/h, with a top speed of 315 km/h on the 1.15 km straight between turns two and three. As for the corners, turn eight is probably the quickest of the lap with an apex speed of 235 km/h, while turn three is the slowest corner, expected to be taken at just 65 km/h.

Of course, being an almost untested new track, there are more unknowns than the teams and drivers usually face. Things like tarmac grip, bumps, camber are highlighted in the article.

In related “news”, here’s an interview with F1 supremo, Bernie Ecclestone. Also, The Guardian caught a decent in-depth interview with F1 supremo, Bernie Eccleston.

[I]n his final race before he becomes an octogenarian, a compelling battle for the world championship reaches its third last stage with the Korean grand prix. A few weeks ago Ecclestone warned that the race was under real threat because the new track at Yeongam had not been completed. “It’s done now,” he says. “It’s all right. Last month I didn’t think it would be finished. And it would have been cancelled then – for sure. But the track has been inspected and passed. Everything’s OK.”

Can’t wait! 🙂

Meanwhile, the building of the Korean f1 track city is due to start next year. It might hamper people’s view of more of the track once it’s finished but will certainly make a spectacle of the venue.


Go Mark!

Korean F1 almost certain to happen

Although there’s been quite a bit of speculation over the past few months, the Korean Formula One track (at Yeongam/Mokpo – promoted as the latter in Korea, the former elsewhere) was inspected today and although nothing official has come out, the track has received positive comments from race director, Charlie Whiting. On top of that, F1 supremo, Bernie Eccleston, is determined the race go ahead.

In other words, the Korean F1 is virtually certain to go ahead in a little under two weeks time (Oct 22-24).

Since we have tickets, Lady bing and I have been a little anxious, but I think it’s safe to say we’re able now to get properly excited.


Lady bing and I are seated in the front row of the I-b grandstand which barring a mountain in the way, should give us a good view of most of the track.


The cars right in front of us will be doing 250km/h. Not bad for what we paid.


JFTR, we are at turn 11.

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A bit extra.

This will be the third last race of the season. There are 75 winner’s points up for grabs, with five drivers who could potentially take the title, noteably Aussie Mark Webber (Red Bull), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari). They are on 220 and 206 (both) respectively. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are on 192 and 189 points respectively.

Red Bull have all but won the constructor’s championship.

Of note is that Hamilton could well be demoted five places next race as he might (probably?)  have to make an unscheduled gearbox change – again. Unfortunate (kinda). He was demoted five places last race, too, for the same reason but the new gearbox had problems – it couldn’t make 3rd – too.

Not that it’s any near certain who’ll win the championship, here’s hoping for crowd favourite, Mark Webber. The veteran who’s done it tough for much of his career certainly deserves it most. That said, it’s been a ripper of a season. Heck, last race wheels were falling off cars left, right and centre. There have been crashes galore all season. Five cars didn’t even make one lap. One car didn’t even make the warm-up lap!

The Korean GP is gearing up to be one helluva race! There are two long and fast straights which should favour the Ferrari’s and McLarens but they are tempered by a massive set of corners, some of them pretty fast, which should favour the Red Bulls.

The Korean F1 GP: to be or not to be?

Would you believe it but it’s still far from being a dead certainty that the F1 race in the south-western seaside city of Mokpo will go ahead. The circuit should have been completed, ready, good to go – that is, pass inspection – more than two months ago. In reality, the final layer of tarmac was laid last Tuesday and a final do-or-die inspection will occur on the 11th.

All this is cutting it awfully fine for a race that’s scheduled for 20 days time.

A lot of the problems seem to have stemmed from the fact that the province in which Mokpo lies lobbied and paid for the race. The federal government wasn’t so gung-ho for it and subsequently coughed up hardly any dough. It seems to be one of those cases where you can have something built fast, cheap and/or well, but not all three. Looks like Mokpo had to sacrifice the “fast”. And let’s hope it’s just the “fast”. Meanwhile, the provincial government is blaming the federal government like that’ll do any good now.

Ho hum, all this means the F1 circus could head straight to Brazil after this Sunday’s Japanese GP. Being in possession of two Korean GP tickets, one certainly hopes not. The silver lining, if there is one, is that a cancellation could make it easier for Australia’s Mark Webber, currently 11 points in the lead, to take the world championship (more of a tin lining if you ask me).

It will be very embarrassing for Korea if they stuff this one up, and Mokpo will lose a ton of cash.

Here’s to praying to the F1 gods that that bloody track is ready this time next week.

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