This is the first view of onboard camera footage from Karun Chandhok’s run on the new Korean Grand Prix circuit in a Red Bull Racing F1 car.
There is an out-lap, a hot-lap and an in-lap to watch. The 3.49 mile circuit track has 18 corners and engineers tell me that it will be quite a long lap, something like 1m 40 seconds, similar to Spa.
The circuit features a straight over 1.2 kilometres long, which dominates the first sector of the lap and some interesting corners thereafter. There are quite a few walls lining the track, particularly in the last sequence of corners, so there could well be some incidents there.
There has been a lot of talk in the last weeks about the readiness of this new Korean circuit, which is due to host its first Grand Prix next month. Judging from this video, shot seven weeks before the race weekend, there is still a lot of work to do, including laying a top layer of tarmac and finishing kerbs. It will be quite a race against time to get it ready to host the F1 circus and they are certainly cutting it fine compared to other new venues.
It looks like the track will be ready, but Bernie Ecclestone joked that the teams may well need to put up some tents if some of the buildings aren’t ready. You can judge for yourself the degree to which he was joking.
The organisers, KAVO, say that they are within their timelines to get the place finished and that ticket sales are strong. There were 4,000 people there on Saturday to see the F1 demonstration. The run was organised by Red Bull’s Korean sponsor LG Electronics.
Here is an updated video with track guide, computer animations and the Chandhok lap.
The FIA’s Race Director Charlie Whiting is due to inspect the facilities after Singapore GP later this month, to give the all clear for the race to go ahead.