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Korean GP inspection set for October 11

ESPNF1 Staff
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Work in progress ... FIA safety delegate Charlie Whiting performs a track inspection in July © Sutton Images

The organisers of the Korean Grand Prix have announced the FIA's final inspection of the Korean International Circuit will take place on October 11, only 13 days before the race itself.

Under its own rules, the FIA should have made a final decision on the ability of the venue to host a grand prix 60 days before the race weekend, but work has fallen well behind and it remains tight as to whether it can be completed in time.

A string of excuses have been given by organisers and a series of planned inspections have been postponed.

Even if, as expected, the controversial grand prix gets the green light a raft of problems remain, not the least being the remote location of the circuit.

When asked about leaving things so late, Bernie 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."