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Ecclestone admits to concerns over Korean GP

ESPNF1 Staff
September 26, 2010 « Heidfeld confident he will stay in F1 next year | »
At least the pit building in Korea is finished © Korean Grand Prix

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted there are serious concerns over whether the inaugural Korean Grand Prix will go ahead in four weeks' time.

Until now, Ecclestone has been consistently upbeat in the face of media reports the venue will not be ready in time and that the infrastructure is not in place to support the grand prix. Organisers have also insisted all will be fine come the October 24 race.

But with pressure mounting in the light of the almost farcical scenes in Delhi where the Commonwealth Games are taking place, Ecclestone told reporters: "Until it's on there's always concerns obviously. We have to get lucky and hope it will happen."

There was due to be an FIA inspection on September 21 but that was delayed by a week, and it is now believed it will not happen until a fortnight before the race weekend. Under FIA regulations, the whole venue should have been fully ready a minimum of 60 days before the event.

When asked about leaving things so late, Ecclestone told the BBC: "It's quite dangerous what we've done actually but it's a case of 'do we cancel the race or not?' They say it's all going to be OK, so we hope they are right."