Korea International Circuit, Yeongam
The Korea International Circuit has been part of the race calendar since 2010 and can be found in a rural area around 400 kilometres South of Seoul, close to the harbour town Mokpo. The 5,615 metre-long track, designed by Hermann Tilke, is clearly divided in three sectors: the first is dominated by three straights, with slow corners towards its end. The second sector offers bends for medium and high speeds, leading into the third, more technical section, with a straighter line where the proximity of the walls recalls a road circuit. The engineers have to deal with an important challenge on this track: the cars need to perform extremely well in terms of top speed, but at the same time they need the right grip for the twisty sectors.
To make things even more difficult: the track is extremely slippery, but the grip improves over the race weekend, while the weather conditions are extremely changeable.
Keep an eye on
The extremely sharp right-hand corner no.3 sits at the end of the over 1,000-metre-long straight, where the engines run with a fully open throttle for 15 seconds and the cars are going at over 300 km/h. A perfect place to try and overtake. Bend no.8 is the fastest point in the second sector: a proper challenge, which has to be taken with over 290 km/h.
Did you know that
The first edition of the Korean GP was interrupted for 20 minutes due to the heavy rain, but in the end the Scuderia had both drivers on the podium: Fernando Alonso first and Felipe Massa third. After 5th and 6th place in 2011, in 2012 Fernando and Felipe gained third and fourth place respectively, while the race was dominated by the Red Bulls.
- 2010 AlonsoF10
Race best laps
- 2010 AlonsoF10
- First place:1 time
- Second place:-
- Third place:1 time
Hall of Honours
- 2010 AlonsoFERRARI
- 2011 S. VettelRED BULL-RENAULT
- 2012 S. VettelRED BULL-RENAULT
Updated at the end of season 2012