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Monday, October 11, 2010

Whiting begins Korea inspection

Charlie Whiting has arrived in Yeongam and has begun his inspection of the circuit ahead of the Korean Grand Prix slated for Oct. 24. The inspection may last into tomorrow, according to a race organizer quoted by the Associated Press.

The Formula One (F1) circuit is seen in Yeongam, about 380 km (236 miles), south of Seoul, in this aerial photo released October 10, 2010. The International Automobile Federation (FIA) is due to inspect the circuit on Monday and Tuesday. The F1 Korean Grand Prix is scheduled to be held in Yeongam from October 22-24, for the first time in South Korea. REUTERS/Newsis (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING IMAGES OF THE DAY) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS


Word is expected Wednesday as to whether the chronically behind schedule site passes muster. The final layer of the circuit was only laid last week. Released photos show a defined track and paddock area, but little else completed to entertain fans when the circus comes to town in two weeks time.

The Formula One (F1) circuit is seen in Yeongam, about 380 km (236 miles), south of Seoul, in this aerial photo released October 10, 2010. The International Automobile Federation (FIA) is due to inspect the circuit on Monday and Tuesday. The F1 Korean Grand Prix is scheduled to be held in Yeongam from October 22-24, for the first time in South Korea. REUTERS/Newsis (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS


Failure of the inspection would mean the race is off the schedule for both 2010 and 2011. Bernie Ecclestone was recently quoted in the press saying the race will go ahead, however, and teams at Suzuka last weekend seemed confident their next stop would be South Korea. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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