Good news for F1 fans: the FIA has finalized approval of the new Korea International Circuit, meaning that the race will be held as planned on October 24. The venue had been in doubt, as curbing and paving had not been completed as late as last month. An inspection on October 5 confirmed that all work on the track had been completed to the satisfaction of Formula One race director Charlie Whiting, who has agreed to sign off on the track’s approval.
The 3.488 mile track was designed by Hermann Tilke, the F1 track architect behind such circuits as Sepang International in Malaysia, Bahrain International in Bahrain, Shanghai International in China and the Valencia Street Circuit in Spain. Tilke will also be responsible for the layout of the track in Austin, TX, for the 2012 U.S. Grand Prix, assuming that the local politicians don’t veto the event entirely. After all, who would want millions of dollars pumped into the local economy in exchange for potential traffic problems over a two day period?
This virtual reality video shows you what the Korean track will look like from above and from the driver’s perspective. It also gives Mark Webber the opportunity to mispronounce his teammate’s name, although I suppose “Vet-tel” is better than “that asshole from Germany,” which is probably closer to what Mark Webber was thinking.