Drivers give thumbs-up to Korean F1 track – apart from the pit lane entrance

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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?s enjoyable to drive here ?ǣ there are a couple of unique sections and it?s 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?ve done a remarkable job and I?m clutching at straws to criticise anything.
Mark Webber

I like the final corner: very nice, because it is really a driver?s 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.
Jaime Alguersuari

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.
Kamui Kobayashi

I think the pit entry is quite on the edge here because it?s blind and someone going into the pits will be going slower than someone who?s staying out. If you?re trying to pass and they decide to pit, it could be quite difficult.
Sebastian Vettel

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.
Michael Schumacher

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.
Adrian Sutil

It?s 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.
Sebastien Buemi

I enjoyed the day?s work ?ǣ 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?ll see some overtaking in sector one where you have the long straights and tight corners, so while it?s not too tough through there, I think it will provide some action.

We?re all going to have to be careful around the pit lane entrance as it?s 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?m sure we?ll handle it ok.
Heikki Kovalainen

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  1. Anyone else notice that Pitpass has used a photo of Kobayashi for the HRT practice notes?

  2. Probably Tilke’s best track to date (excepting Istanbul and Sepang). First sector is slow-go-slow-go-slow, I really hate Turns 4, 5 & 6; but the rest of the track is awesome!

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