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Chandhok impressed with Korea track

ESPNF1 Staff
September 4, 2010 « Button bullish ahead of Monza | »

Karun Chandhok put Korea's new Formula One venue through its paces by completing 14 laps and feels the circuit will serve up some exciting racing.

The Hispania driver is on loan to Red Bull and he took his temporary team's car for a spin. He was impressed with the facilities that will greet the teams and believes the circuit will offer real entertainment - provided organisers polish off some rough edges.

"Looking at the facilities, the garages and team buildings look pretty much finished and they're big," Chandhok said. "I think teams will need to bring around 30% more furniture to fill them! The grandstands also look reasonably finished.

"The track itself needs a bit more work on the asphalt and the kerbs, but the organisers think it's all within their time-lines and are confident that it will be ready on time. And the location's nice, we're overlooking the sea.

"It's a really interesting layout. The track's got a good mix of corners and I think we'll see a lot of overtaking in the first sector - there are long straights into slow hairpins. The straight after Turns 1 and 2 is really long, so we may see some good slipstreaming there, like in Shanghai.

"From Turn 7 onwards, there's a fast section of flowing corners all the way back to the start-finish line - so I think the Red Bull Racing guys will be happy in sectors two and three. It's an interesting layout."