Korean F1 – Formula 1 in South Korea
2010 was the year that saw Korea host its first ever Formula 1 motor race, with the first Korean F1 set to join this world wide sport. The arrival of the Korean F1 will see South Korea once again on the world stage, with Korea also having co-hosting the 2002 football World Cup.
The Korean F1 grand prix has a custom made race track which organizers say is proof of the desire of Korea to be involved with formula 1 racing - and the circuit in South Cholla province in South Korea provides the perfect backdrop for F1 in Korea. The Korean F1 track has been designed by Herman Tilke, with an estimated £140 million pounds spent to build the track. The formula 1 circuit in South Cholla is located in Yeongam in the South of Chollo (about 250 miles south of the capital of Korea, Seoul).
In recent years, South Korea has come from nowhere to become the 3rd biggest economy in Asia. Korea also is known worldwide for its involvement with cars. Korean car companies such as Hyundai and Daewoo are huge exporters of cars worldwide and Korean people themselves, traditionally always embrace the opportunity to host worldwide sports events. South Korea has also held the Olympics and is seeking in the future to also hold the winter Olympics.
The Korean formula one agreement is a 7 year race deal, a deal setup by Bernie Ecclestone and the Korea Auto Valley Operation (KAVO) and the local Cholla-Namdo regional government. In the last 5 years the number of F1 races has increased and more races in Asia have been added to the formula one calendar with Malaysia, Korea and the possibility of India in the future.
The Korean Grand Prix is one of the newest events in the Formula One Calendar and first took place in 2012 at the impressive Korea International Circuit. The Korean F1 normally takes place on the Asian tour for the teams, with Japan and India also included in the Asian F1 calendar dates.The first few races in Korea have been largely successful and the Korean Formula series looks like it is here to stay and it is great for Korea to have another major sports event under its belt. . The Korean International Circuit, located in the South Jeolla province in the Yeongam County, is 400 kilometres to the South of the capital, Seoul. The building of this race track cost around $260 million and a result of a collaboration effort between KAVO (Korean Auto Valley Operation) and Bernie Ecclestone.
The first Formula One race at the Korean International Circuit took place in 2010, with the organisers having received a contract for seven years. There is also a provisional agreement for a further five years, which will ensure that the Korean Grand Prix will take place until the year 2021.
Korean F1 Circuit Drive
Like with most Formula One Races, the Korean Grand Prix will also take place over a period of three days. The first day of the event will be devoted to two practice rounds. The second day will feature the third and final practice round as well as the qualifiers, which will determine who will take the pole position at the main race. The final day is dedicated to the main race. The Korean Grand Prix circuit is 5.6kilometres long and the race will have 55 laps. The total distance covered during the course of the race is 300+ kilometres.