100 pictures from Korean GP practice

Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Korea, 2010

For a while it looked like it might not happen, but F1 cars took to the track in Korea for the first time today.

Korea Auto Valley Operation president Yung Cho Chung looked on as Heikki Kovalainen led the runners out at the beginning of the first practice session.

See below for more pictures from F1 practice at Korea.

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17 comments on 100 pictures from Korean GP practice

  1. keith, if you can get the photos of 2 snakes that was reported slithering across the layout yesterday; that would awesome

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd October 2010, 6:08

    You know what I like about this circuit?

    It’s not surrounded by monstrosities. I know the concept has a silver and glass city built around it, but I think the fact that it’s out at the corner of No and Where gives it a certain something – it at least looks like a circuit such as Spa, still sitting in its natural environs.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 22nd October 2010, 8:06

      I have to say the track configuration is better than I was expecting. That and the fact it’s in the middle of nowhere remind me of Istanbul Park.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd October 2010, 8:26

        I think the thing about Korea that makes it work is that it has a negative rhythm. You have circuits like Albert Park with their evenly-spaced and predicatable corners, or circuits like Abu Dhabi where most of the corners are very similar to one another, and circuits like Silverstone where the corners are all fast and sweep together. But in Korea, no two corners have any resemblance to one another, and the few that are all influenced by the corners immediately before and after them. The distance between them is always different, and it probably doesn’t hurt that the oils and chemicals in the tarmac is preventing the rubber from binding with the surface. I wouldn’t be too surprised if this results in the rubber graining, creating a dirty racing line and forcing the drivers to race off-line in the latter stages of the race.

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 22nd October 2010, 19:42

      It would remind me even more of Spa if they’d built it up next to those distant hills that are visible in some of these pics. There’s certainly enough elevation there that we could have had another Spa. That said though it really does seem to be a unique circuit, and one that might even provide some good racing in the future when the tarmac is no longer sweating oil.

  3. Darren said on 22nd October 2010, 9:10

    As usual we hear lots of negative comments about something new without giving it a chance. We seem to be in an age where people just find it ‘easier’ to criticize rather than be positive. I think Korea has done a great job with the new track and like anything new, any issues that arise will be sorted quickly.

    Nice to see Webber thought Korea has done a good job-

    “Yeah it is pretty enjoyable,” said the Red Bull driver. “It has got a couple of unique sections which are always good, it’s nice to have a bit of a challenge at a new venue we go to.

    “Just the pitlane entry and exit are a little bit ‘Mickey Mouse’, getting on and off the track, but apart from that they have done a remarkable job. We are really clutching at straws to be able to try and criticise anyone here.”

    Also Rosberg likes the track too..

    Korean organizers should be encouraged rather than criticized for all their hard work, good luck Korea F1 2010 and beyond!

  4. Peter said on 22nd October 2010, 12:17

    While I do like the look of it, I think it looks like a lot of Tilke designed circuits. Those pictures down pit straight could have been taken at Istanbul. The stands look almost the same and when you add the DHL signage…..

    Still, the track looks challenging and being new, everyone is working from something of a blank sheet in terms of track data. Hopefully this produces a good race and from an Aussie point of view, a Mark Webber win with Alonso, Vettel, Hamilton and Button nowhere to be seen.

  5. where can i download the video for the practise? i live in the uk and missed it

  6. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 22nd October 2010, 13:51

    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/hami_mcla_kore_2010-61.jpg

    Have a look at the FOM cameraman! Seriously, that is the biggest braking zone on the track, where there is likely to be trouble. I don’t like the look of the exposed cameraman at all.

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 22nd October 2010, 19:46

      Yeah, he’ll have to duck if it get’s hairy. Not that he’d have enough time to… If I were him I’d abandon ship if I saw Webber behind a backmarker headed his direction.

  7. Apologies if said already, but just been watching BBC replay of FP. Spotted that Lotus are running with “?” livery on their barge-boards. A poke at Proton maybe?

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