The teams have been walking the Korean International Circuit ahead of the first official action at the track in two days’ time.
The pictures below show what each corner of the new track has in store for the drivers and how the circuit looks just days before the race weekend begins.
Interestingly, the pictures appear to show the pit lane exit leads straight out onto turn one, not around the first corner up to turn two as earlier versions of the design indicated.
There is no pit lane exit line at the moment but it might not have been painted on yet. Circuit workers were painting the grid hatchings on the track earlier today.
Fernando Alonso said he liked the look of the track and expects a “spectacular race”:
I have to say the first impressions are positive. First off, there are no big surprises as what we saw on the simulator over the past weeks and the reality of it have a lot in common. It seems to be a very interesting circuit, which should be fun to drive, especially the final sector.
What track is it similar to? It’s a mix of various ones. The first sector reminds me a lot of Bahrain: long straights with heavy braking that lead into 180 degree turns. The second is similar to Turkey, especially Turn 11 which makes you think of Turn 8 in Istanbul, while the final one is similar to the third sector in Abu Dhabi.
When you arrive at a new circuit, you are even keener than usual to get on with the driving, so the two days that still separate us from the time to do the first lap on Friday morning will seem very long.
I think we could be in for a spectacular race: there are at least a couple of places were overtaking seems possible, especially under braking for Turn 3 which comes at the end of a straight that is over a kilometre in length. There should be plenty of action there on the opening lap of the race, more than we will see at the start.
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