Webber vs. Alonso at Eau Rouge – that one took some guts…
I was there!
Really enjoyed the race, with some really interesting battles along the field. However, there wasn’t the biggest crowd present (unsurprisingly), which sort of affected the atmosphere… There was actually an entire grandstand empty at the end of the start/finish straight (can be seen in the broadcast). We quickly took advantage of this since our seats were located at the middle of the straight, and saw some pretty neat wheel-to-wheel battle as a result).
Apparently there was no classification system regarding which tickets were classed as “good” or “bad,” so even though we purchased ours in mid-spring, we got pretty modest placements. It actually seemed as the first persons who bought the tickets ended up in the lower corner of each grandstand, with horrendous result for some friends of ours (who also found better places to watch the race from).
Other than the lack of spectators, my only complaint was the lack of support races. The only thing racing before the F1 on sunday was one kind of mix korean racing series, which included everything from (a handful) pretty serious V8 sports cars to very unimpressive hatchbacks. It would have been nice with a race from some Japanese formula series for instance.
I hate to say it, but I really can’t see this race survive many years in Formula 1, considering the current demand for F1 races from other countries/circuits. Mokpo is not a very big city (not very exciting one either), and I really can’t understand that the Korean Grand Prix doesn’t take place in the absolute proximity of Seoul, or Busan for that matter. The Turkish Grand Prix was just dropped because of lack of interest as well as difficult communications from the capital, and Korea has got that problem too. The only difference is that the severity of this issue, as the two largest cities of Korea is far, far away from Mokpo.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the race and I really enjoy the circuit layout, but I still can’t see the Korean GP being a long-lived one.