Heidfeld warns over oily tarmac at Korea

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nick Heidfeld has raised concerns over the track surface at the Korean International Circuit ahead of its inaugural race next week.

The Sauber driver said:

At the moment hardly anyone knows exactly what to expect on site. I am very curious to see the track and the facilities.

From a driver?s perspective the most important thing is that the tarmac lasts. If the final layer is laid a short time before, it is generally understood it can be oily which, of course, would be extremely problematic.

But I can only give any informed information about the quality and lay-out of the track once I have driven there. Generally I welcome new venues because they provide a special driving challenge, and for a World Championship it is positive to race in as many countries as possible.
Nick Heidfeld

Heidfeld did a demonstration run in South Korea two years ago but team mate Kamui Kobayashi is visiting the country for the first time:

I am very excited about going to the next Grand Prix. After the race in Suzuka I am even more motivated.

I went straight to Tokyo to stay there until I have to travel to South Korea. I had a couple of promotional activities and meetings, but also time to relax and do some sports in order to prepare for the next race. I always enjoy nice warm weather, and also it was good for me to stay in the same time zone instead of flying back and forth to Europe. I have never been to South Korea.

At some circuits this year other drivers have had an advantage in terms of knowing the track, but this time it is the same for everybody. I am very much looking forward to discovering the circuit.
Kamui Kobayashi

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