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GP Week : Issue 104
F1 NEWS >> THE inaugural Korean Grand Prix will go ahead as planned this week after passing a two- day FIA inspection last week. Doubt had been cast over the running of the race after the circuit fell behind with its construction, but the FIA's safety delegate Charlie Whiting deemed the circuit to have the required safety infrastructure in place to award it the grade 1 FIA circuit license, mandatory for the hosting of Formula One events. The track only received its final layer of asphalt last weekend while the kerbs had only recently been finished, although integral infrastructure such as barriers and team and pitlane buildings had been finished for some time. Whiting said the circuit was 'satisfactory' for racing: “It is satisfactory, and I will issue the license through KARA [Korea Automobile Racing Association],” he was quoted as saying in a statement issued by race organisers. Race promoter Yung Cho Chung was looking forward to welcoming the F1 world to the circuit after getting its approval on Tuesday afternoon. “We are delighted that all works are now finished to the complete satisfaction of the FIA, and we join the whole of Korea in welcoming the Formula One fraternity to the Korea International Circuit for the first time,” he said. “ The KIC has been constructed to the highest standards, and will become the epicentre of motorsport in the country. We believe the Korean Grand Prix will be the catalyst to ignite enormous interest in the sport across the nation.” The Korean Grand Prix weekend takes place between October 22 and 24, with the race itself due to get underway at 15.00 local time (06.00 UTC) on the 24th. Korean Grand Prix gets FIA green light Circuit approved 10 days ahead of first track action 11