Two weeks ago, the tarmac hadn’t even been laid at the Korean International Circuit. Earlier today though, it hosted its inaugural Grand Prix after 14 days and nights of hard work.
The track had been branded the Hungaroring with more corners, and on Friday the dust seemed to be oozing out of the place. The weather for the two Friday practice sessions stayed dry, allowing the drivers to get to grips with the track, the location, and the driving limits.
It was a rather eventful day as far as practices go, but the track time brought attention to a rather controversial section on the track. The pitlane exit follows a blind right hand sweeping corner which starts right on the racing line. With drivers forced to stay within the white line on entry, and a nasty bump which would be highlighted later on in the weekend, the drivers met on Friday evening to discuss potential changes to the corner. They concluded that whilst there was not much that they could do for this year’s race, there would be a complete redesign of turn 17 next year. The only change they confirmed for this year was that the rule of staying within the white line on entry would be abolished.
With track changes made, Saturday brought new challenges – driving on the limit. Friday practices are used for high fuel testing and so, often the cars are not pushed to the limit. On Saturday the teams do low fuel runs ahead of qualifying. This tests the cars’ ultimate pace.
|Safety car driver, Bernd Maylander, led more laps |
than any other driver
On Sunday morning the start time came and went without a sign of a racing lap. After 10 minutes, it was announced that the race start would take place behind the safety car. The reason for this was heavy rain in the Yeongam provence. This proved to be a mistake for the race organisers, as only a few laps in, the race was abruptly stopped and the restart delayed for well over an hour.
|Mark Webber was left with three wheels after an early collision|
|Vettel was denied an easy win by his Renault engine|
|Fernando Alonso now leads the championship|