• Korean Grand Prix

Korea circuit nearing completion

ESPNF1 Staff
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Work on the final surface layer of asphalt is set for completion on Sunday © Press Association

The Korea International Circuit is ahead of schedule in its bid to host the country's inaugural grand prix, according to circuit official Kim Jae-ho.

A later than anticipated inspection is scheduled to take place the day after Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix, only 11 days before the opening free practice session in Korea.

"The inspection team may put first priority on safety and appropriateness of the race track ahead of other factors such as cleanliness and makeshift stands," the circuit's communication boss told the Korea Times.

The major area of concern is the top layer of surface asphalt, with work on the final surface layer beginning on Tuesday and set for completion for Charlie Whiting's Monday inspection.

"Before the inspection the only thing left to do is working on the surface of the track. For us, the toughest factor was weather. It rained too much. It was totally different from past seasons.

"Frankly speaking, we have little experience in building race tracks. However, despite the postponed construction, the track and venue will provide the perfect circumstances for the race."