• Korean Grand Prix

Korea insists circuit is on schedule

ESPNF1 Staff
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Paddock bulidings at the Korean International Circuit © Korean Grand Prix

Organisers of the Korean Grand Prix insist building work at the new circuit is on schedule, amid reports that it has been delayed by a month.

The race is set to take place at the Hermann Tilke-designed track on October 24 this year, and in the latest press release, event organisers KAVO said everything is going to plan.

"We are delighted with the progress of the project, which is both on schedule and being finished to an extremely high standard," said Yung Cho Chung, CEO and President of KAVO. "We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Korea International Circuit and our fascinating country in October."

However, this announcement follows rumours that F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone is lining up a potential replacement host for Korea, amid reports construction might have been delayed by the regional political situation.

A KAVO official is quoted by the AFP news agency saying that the track will be ready at the end of August at the latest.

"Our initial plan was to complete it in July but construction has been delayed," he said, without giving details.