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# Formula 1
Koreans insist F1 track will be ready
Organisers of the Korean Formula 1 Grand Prix insist Yeongam will be ready as Bernie Ecclestone fired a new warning.

ORGANISERS OF THE Korean Formula 1 Grand Prix have insisted that the track will be ready in time for the race on 24 October despite concerns being raised by the F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone.

The newest track on the F1 calendar at Yeongam was due to be completed for inspection by FIA officials on 21 September however this date was pushed back as it was a public holiday in Korea and a new date of 11 October has now been set.

However, Ecclestone has raised concerns, telling the BBC:

We normally have a 90-day check before a race and now we are sort of putting this off. What we’ve done is quite dangerous. It’s a question of do we cancel the race or not? They say everything will be OK – we have to hope they’re right.

Ecclestone’s comments are seen as a warning to the organisers Korea Auto Valley Operation (KAVO) to hurry up and complete the track.

However KABO  say they have only to lay down final paving and insist that the track will be ready in time for the Grand Prix offering an explanation for the delay:

The date FIA suggested happened to coincide with the Chuseok (Full Moon Harvest) holidays, so we set a new schedule due to fears over traffic delays over the holidays.