Your essential F1 briefing #11 Korean Grand Prix
Name Korea International Circuit
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Unfinished Oh goody, I do love it when new races appear on the calendar. Travel broadens the mind, no? Well, not quite. We’ve been here before – Korea, that is – but we're not going back there after all. So we'll be spared the Formula 1 press pack bleating on Twitter about hard mattresses, courtesy buses with doilies in the windows, and hotel foyers that smell of cabbage.
Perhaps they should seek Korea advice! Very droll. Anyhow, it's another nail in the coffin of the circuit that hosted the Korean Grand Prix between 2010 and 2013. Oh yes, I remember now. Supposed to be a Monaco-style street circuit in the middle of an exciting new city development, with a marina and skyscrapers and stuff. That’s it. Trouble is, none of the ‘stuff’ was ever built, so it’s still in the middle of a swamp, and the nearest city is still a three-hour train ride from the capital and not exactly geared up to welcoming tourists – unless they’re the sort of tourists who like to rent rooms by the hour.
Sounds like some Seoul-searching is in order! Well there’s always the possibility of a street race in Seoul and it has been discussed in the past. But everybody in South Korea – including the circuit’s owners – were very confused by the race’s brief reappearance on this year’s calendar. Perhaps some pernicious prank by perfidious Pyongyang! Was the F1 calendar hacked? Maybe, but if so it was low-grade mischief compared with, say, exposing the aliases Hollywood’s A-list celebs use to check in to hotels incognito. Let's hope none of the F1 teams booked cheap nonrefundable flight tickets… Korean Air will breathe a sigh of relief. I'll bet those demanding F1 types are the sort of people who like their pre-flight nibbles served on a plate rather than out of a packet.
I can visualise the Twitter tantrum already. Do say: Good Korea move.
Don’t say: How were we supposed to get the cars from there to Spain in two days, anyway?