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Korea 2010 - Free Practice 1 // A brand new track arrives on the calendar, with the first laps in Korea

Published by Christine

The hastily constructed grandstands will hopefully be filled up throughout the weekend
Credit: Charles Coates/LAT Photographic

Although it is early in the morning here in the UK, I imagine there will be a greater number of fans than normal tuning in to Free Practice today. The time difference is tricky to Korea, but who can resist catching the very first official laps at the International Circuit. The Safety Car managed to find it's way off track, so how will the cars cope?

Weather update

clear

Yeongam County, Friday

22℃

  • Low 18℃
  • Humidity 44%

Sunny

The long-range forecasts said all along that the weekend would start out nice and sunny, which is probably good for the guys heading out on track. They need some good, unchangeable conditions for their first laps. The rain can come later.

One to watch

All the drivers are facing a new track, and they've spent as much time as possible on the simulators to practice. On top of that, Nick Heidfeld has only had two races worth of track action as he gets back in the swing of a Grand Prix weekend, having joined Sauber very recently. The man himself has a bit of experience in the country, though, which puts him back on a level playing field.

Two years ago I went to South Korea for the first time - I was doing demo runs with our former Formula One car. It was the first time a F1 car had been fired up in that country.

- Nick Heidfeld

Predictions please

Who will be the first driver to test the waters? Who will be the first driver to find the grass? Will anyone crash into the barriers? Will the marshals be required and if so, how well will they perform? Who will end the morning on top?

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Although it is early in the morning here in the UK, I imagine there will be a greater number of fans than normal tuning in to Free Practice today. The time difference is tricky to Korea, but who can resist catching the very first official laps at the International Circuit. The Safety Car managed to find it's way off track, so how will the cars cope?
Charles Coates/LAT Photographic

Event start

01:30GMT +01:00

22 October 2010