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Korea Empty Valley, revisited

… Or actually, visited for the first time. By my good friend Karun Chandhok, who’s going to do a demo run for Red Bull on the brand new circuit. A little while ago I voiced some worries whether anybody would be able to find the place, as it sits in a remote region of a remote peninsula in a remote part of Asia.

Unfortunately I have no idea how difficult is really is to go there, as I always use my private jet for these things. So Karun and I agreed he’d send out a blow-by-blow report of his trip via Twitter, the new medium that lets the whole world look over your shoulder.

This confirms my worst suspicions. I wonder how many people will to go to this amount of trouble – 26 miserable hours of trains, planes, automobiles, many of these spent lost in translations.

This means that the only thing between racing for empty grandstands and something resembling a real Grand Prix is a massive number of Koreans.

Oh dear.

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Korea explosive? Not the way you think

People keep buggering me about this Korean Grand Prix. Either it’s the threat of war, or delays in construction, or both.

As always it’s the journos that cause it, of course. In my youth we used to call this time of year cucumber time, the season when newspapers got so desperate that even cucumbers would make headlines. Or something to that effect. Nothing to report so let’s make some news ourselves.

Truth is, there’s little to report here. Construction’s on time and Koreans are deadline junkies anyway. Blimey, they even found time to design a new logo with a Croatian flag in it. Don’t tell the Croatians, or we’ll have another war on our hands.

Speaking of which, there’s the other bit that the journos always bring up. Sponsors, fans and the lot would stay away because of the threat of war.

Listen, journos: Continue reading

Korea Empty Valley

Had a word with Charlie Whiting yesterday, about Korea. He’s just been there for a site visit. So how’s it going in the Korea Auto Valley, Charlie?

“Great, Bernie.” He says. These Koreans know how to build. They’re not ready yet but they’ll get there in time. Beautiful site, in the middle of nowhere so nothing to stop them from finishing in time. No worries.”

That’s Charlie alright. Send him in to do the job, he’ll do the job. Inspect construction progress? Done. But will he see the big picture? No he won’t. That’s what Supremos are for, of course.

So do I worry? Of course I do. Do you see the artist impression Charlie got from the Koreans? Do you see what’s wrong with it?

I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it: Continue reading