Join us for live comments during both of today’s practice sessions for the Korean Grand Prix.
Here’s today’s round-up:
“Nico H?â??lkenberg’s race engineer, Tom McCullough, walked the track on Thursday morning and gave us his thoughts. ‘The track surface was very dirty,’ says Tom. ‘When you combine the dirt with the fact that the asphalt is new and still quite oily, it?óÔé¼Ôäós going to be pretty treacherous during Friday practice. The drivers will want to take it pretty easy while they?óÔé¼Ôäóre learning the track in FP1.'”
“The number of foreigners attending is likely to be lower than originally expected. ‘We had expected about 3000 people in the beginning but so far we have about 950 people. We think the final tally will be about 1500,’ said [Korea Tourism Organisation director] Kay Sung.”
“Chung Yung-cho, the chief of the event?óÔé¼Ôäós domestic promoters KAVO (Korea Auto Valley Operation): ‘There is room for improvement as host of the country?óÔé¼Ôäós first F1 race but we will do our best to develop the sport in the future. We?óÔé¼Ôäóve sold out all tickets to the circuit?óÔé¼Ôäós main grand stand and met about 90 percent of our initial ticket sales goal.'”
“The track itself is fine, but the rest I am not very happy with because we are two months behind schedule. So there has not been time to do everything. We are sorry for the audience because when the racing goes on, there will be just black asphalt and cars.”
Comment of the day
After seeing the picture of the five championship contenders together I asked on Twitter for boy band name suggestions. I liked Steve Lyons’ best:
A boy band name? How about ?óÔé¼?£For Sure?óÔé¼Ôäó?
From the forum
If every F1 driver and team had a wrestling-style entry theme, what would it be?
A very happy birthday to Sasquatch!
On this day in F1
The 2000 championship was concluded at Sepang on this day ten years ago. Michael Schumacher, who had already won the world championship, scored his ninth win of the season.
With Rubens Barrichello joining him on the podium in third it gave Ferrari the constructors’ championship for the second year in a row.
McLaren drivers David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen finished second and fourth – Hakkinen being given a penalty for jumping the start: