Sidepodcast F1: Korean International Circuit Map

The championship has been decided, and Japan got to do the honours, but the season did not end in Suzuka. We still have four races to go, and this back to back weekend sees Formula One head to Korea – one of the newer circuits on the grid. Last year was our first experience of F1 around the Korean circuit, where we saw an unfinished circuit, and an awful lot of rain. Hopefully, this year will be a little less chaotic and a little more fantastic.

Event Schedule

Despite what the above map might suggest, the circuit is actually in existence, and will play host to 24 drivers as they head rapidly towards the end of the 2011 season. Vettel will be keen to drive his first weekend as a double world champion, whilst Japan GP winner Jenson Button is determined to add more wins to his tally this year.

We need to keep an eye on the battle between Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa, as it’s turning into a bigger rivalry than I ever expected it to.

I’ll also be keeping a firm eye on the battle between Renault, Sauber and Force India battle, as the three teams are keeping the Constructor’s Championship alive right now – particularly the latter two, who will both go into this race desperate for some much-needed points.

Session Timetable
Date Day Session Time (GMT+1)
14 Oct Friday Free Practice 1 02:00
Free Practice 2 06:00
15 Oct Saturday Free Practice 3 03:00
Qualifying 06:00
16 Oct Sunday Grand Prix 07:00

The Weather

The long range weather forecasts have sunshine for most of the weekend, with clouds starting to creep in as the weekend draws to a close.

Friday, 14 October

  • 21℃
  • Low: 16℃
  • Humidity: 74%
  • Heavy rain showers

Saturday, 15 October

  • 21℃
  • Low: 17℃
  • Humidity: 51%
  • Sunny intervals

Sunday, 16 October

  • 22℃
  • Low: 13℃
  • Humidity: 37%
  • Sunny

Circuit Map

Sidepodcast F1: Korean International Circuit Map

Credit: FIA

Korean International Circuit Map

The Circuit

Circuit Data
Name Korean International Circuit
Location Korea
Timezone GMT +0900
First Race 2010
Laps 55
Length 5.615 km
Distance 308.630 km
Start / Finish Offset 0.195 km

One of the key factors that could play a part in the action over the weekend is the track surface itself. We know the Pirelli tyres are keen on spreading their marbles across the floor, and last year, with such brand new tarmac, there wasn’t as much grip as the teams had hoped for.

I don’t know how much the track is used when not hosting F1, I imagine not an awful lot, so whilst this is the second year of use for the tarmac, it’s probably still going to be a green surface for the drivers to deal with.

The pit lane is almost 400 metres long, and the loss is somewhere around the 23 seconds mark. My favourite Korean statistic is the average safety cars per race. That would be three. 2010 has a lot to answer for.

2010 Results
Session Driver Team Time
Free Practice 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:40.887
Free Practice 2 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:37.942
Free Practice 3 Robert Kubica Renault 1:37.354
Qualifying Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:35.585
Grand Prix Fernando Alonso Ferrari 2:48:20.810
Fastest Lap Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:50.257

Tyre Compounds

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