Red Bull Racing previews the new South Korean GP circuitEnlarge Photo
South Korea’s Yeongam circuit was new to the Formula 1 calendar last year and has not been used since, meaning that the drivers will likely be presented with a slippery surface this weekend that will challenge both them and their tires.
The track’s official title is Korea International Circuit and it stretches some 3.5 miles.
It’s a mix of fast, open corners at the start of the lap and a street circuit finish, and drivers will complete a total of 55 laps.
October is also the rainy season in South Korea so teams should be expecting to use their rain tires at some point over the weekend.
As we reported earlier this week, Red Bull Racing star Sebastian Vettel was crowned the 2011 Formula 1 World Champion
at last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix
, however, there are still sufficient points available for a couple of teams to take out the Constructors’ Championship.
Going into this weekend’s race, Sebastian Vettel sits on 324 points, followed by McLaren’s Jenson Button on 210 points and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso on 202 points.
In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull Racing is the clear leader with 518 points, followed by McLaren on 388 points and Ferrari on 292 points.
Stay tuned for our full coverage of the 2011 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix, with our qualifying report coming tomorrow, weather forecast on Sunday and full race results on Monday.