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FIA sets Korea inspection deadline
The FIA has given the Korea International Circuit until September 21 to ready itself for the governing body's final inspection.
According to the International Sporting Code, the FIA should already have approved or rejected the new South Korea circuit ahead of its inaugural grand prix on October 24 as the circuit's final inspection should have taken place at the end of July.
But with work on the circuit reportedly held up due to bad weather, the venue has been given longer to complete the circuit in time for Charlie Whiting's final inspection.
Although event organisers KAVO insist the venue is "90%" complete, an FIA spokesman admitted that "a lot of work remains to be completed" at the Yeongam site.
Should the circuit fails its final inspection, the sporting regulations state that the event 'will not be considered for inclusion in the following year's championship unless the FIA judges the cancellation to have been due to force majeure'.
The FIA will learn more about the current state of the venue when HRT driver Karun Chandhok becomes the first driver to lap the circuit in a Red Bull demonstration car this weekend.