Over the weekend, sidelined Hispania Racing man, Karun Chandhok, took the Red Bull RB5 to the track at the grand opening of the new Korean Grand Prix circuit at Yeongam in South Jeolia.
There have been many worries over the web that the track may not be finished in time for the first race weekend (in six weeks), but Chandhok’s short run and pictures that he tweeted on Saturday show that the situation may not be a bad as previously feared.
While there were initial thoughts that the asphalt may degrade and break up, it appeared in fairly decent shape during the Red Bull laps; however it will only be when twenty-four Formula 1 cars hit the track in anger that the true strength of the track will be discovered.
Other than that, many of the circuit amenities seem to still need a lot of work, but when brand new tracks are constructed, it is not completely unusual for the track surroundings to be somewhat unfinished when the first events takes place – the 2008 European Grand Prix at Valencia was a very recent case.
As for the layout itself, it’s difficult to tell just how effective it will be based upon Chandhok’s run, although it does look quite intriguing. There are still too many corners though.
Yesterday, the video below of Chandhok’s laps was released.