The reaction of F1 drivers to the Korean International Circuit after the first day’s running at the track was largely positive.
“For a modern track it has got a lot of character,” said Adrian Sutil, and several others were also complimentary about the track.
But many drivers have also questioned the pit lane entrance which drivers approach unsighted and at speed.
Here’s what some of the drivers had to say following today’s practice sessions:
It?óÔé¼Ôäós enjoyable to drive here ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ there are a couple of unique sections and it?óÔé¼Ôäós always a challenge for a driver to get into a new venue. The pit entry and exit is a little bit marginal to get on and off the track but, apart from that, they?óÔé¼Ôäóve done a remarkable job and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm clutching at straws to criticise anything.
I like the final corner: very nice, because it is really a driver?óÔé¼Ôäós corner where you need to take a risk, which can be a bit dangerous as you have walls on both sides. Other parts are also interesting with a mix of different lines and changes of direction.
The track is quite nice. It is challenging, and the last sector especially is difficult but nice to drive. The only problem is the surface is still too slippery.
I think the pit entry is quite on the edge here because it?óÔé¼Ôäós blind and someone going into the pits will be going slower than someone who?óÔé¼Ôäós staying out. If you?óÔé¼Ôäóre trying to pass and they decide to pit, it could be quite difficult.
The track has been very good and I enjoyed driving it today. Of course a new track with totally fresh asphalt needs to rubber in but it got better and improved massively over the day. I am very pleasantly surprised with the circuit. It is very demanding, challenging and tricky which provides a challenge that I like a lot.
Learning the new track was a real pleasure today. It has a nice flow and some great corners, particularly in the last sector where it bends into the pit straight. For a modern track it has got a lot of character and once we got some grip down it was fun to put the laps in.
It?óÔé¼Ôäós always interesting to discover a new circuit. As expected it was really dirty this morning, improving through the day, which you could see in terms of lap times getting quicker all the time. There are still some corners that have remained dirty or where the asphalt is higher than the kerbs. [...] Overall, it is a nice circuit: quick with a lot of walls, but interesting.
I enjoyed the day?óÔé¼Ôäós work ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ the high speed section at the beginning of the second sector is pretty cool, and there are some pretty challenging corners in the third sector. I think you?óÔé¼Ôäóll see some overtaking in sector one where you have the long straights and tight corners, so while it?óÔé¼Ôäós not too tough through there, I think it will provide some action.
We?óÔé¼Ôäóre all going to have to be careful around the pit lane entrance as it?óÔé¼Ôäós a bit tight around there, with cars on quick laps having to keep a close eye on the guys slowing down to go into the pit lane, but I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sure we?óÔé¼Ôäóll handle it ok.
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