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Korea 2012 - Race information // Everything you need to know about the Korean Grand Prix

Published by Christine

After the racing in Japan left something to be desired, the FIA have stepped in and lengthened the DRS zone at the Korean circuit in an attempt to improve overtaking. The action on track may not have been close recently but the championship couldn't be closer. Sebastian Vettel is within touching distance of Fernando Alonso, and we could see the lead change hands this weekend.

Event schedule

Sebastian Vettel dominated the race weekend in Suzuka, and there's nothing to say that the Korean circuit won't also suit the Red Bull car to the same degree. The fight is on at the top of the championship, and there are still battles to be seen between drivers and teams throughout the field as well. We've also got to keep a close eye on Romain Grosjean, who reckoned he was being tentative at the start of the race last weekend but still caused an incident!

Session Timetable
DateDaySessionGMT +0100Local
12 OctFridayFree Practice 102:0010:00
Free Practice 206:0014:00
13 OctSaturdayFree Practice 303:0011:00
Qualifying06:0014:00
14 OctSundayGrand Prix07:0015:00

Support racing for this event includes CJ Hellovision Superrace.

The weather

The long range weather forecasts show a promising about of sunshine, with Formula One set to experience its second dry weekend in a row. There could be some cloud to deal with on qualifying day, but otherwise we've got clear skies and reasonable temperatures.

clear

Yeongam, Friday

22℃

  • Low 13℃
  • Humidity 50%

Sunshine ahead

moderate

Yeongam, Saturday

23℃

  • Low 13℃
  • Humidity 57%

Scattered clouds

clear

Yeongam, Sunday

23℃

  • Low 12℃
  • Humidity 57%

Sunny days

Circuit map

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DRS Zones
DRS detection90m before turn 1
DRS activation320m after turn 2

Last weekend, the FIA tweaked the DRS zone to make it a bit shorter, and I think the lack of overtaking that resulted from this move was very telling. Armed with that knowledge, plus the fact that the racing at the Yeongam circuit last year was also disappointing, the FIA have decided to lengthen the DRS zone this weekend.

The zone has been extended by 80 metres, with detection just before the first corner, and activation down the massively long straight that follows the second corner.

The circuit

Circuit Data
NameKorean International Circuit
LocationYeongam
TimezoneGMT +0900
First Race2010
Laps55
Length5.615 km
Distance308.630 km
Start / Finish Offset0.195 km

The Korean International Circuit returns for the third outing, with a lot to prove. There have been some tweaks to the track since last year, particularly for safety. Some of the catch fencing has been raised to protect against flying debris, and some of the higher kerbs have been lowered to prevent cars being launched into the air.

There is also new paint on the kerbs, and extra artificial grass has been put in, particularly at turn 13 where it has been extended to the end of the run off area.

The track itself will take a while to become a useful surface, as there is little racing happening on the tarmac for the rest of the year. Grip will be a considerable issue, as will the abrasive surface of the tarmac, which plays havoc with the tyres.

2011 Results
SessionDriverTeamTimeLinks
Free Practice 1Michael SchumacherMercedes2:02.784Live / Results
Free Practice 2Lewis HamiltonMcLaren1:50.828Live / Results
Free Practice 3Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:36.910Live / Results
QualifyingLewis HamiltonMcLaren1:35.820Live / Results
Grand PrixSebastian VettelRed Bull1:38:01.994Live / Results
Fastest LapSebastian VettelRed Bull1:39.605

Tyre compounds

Soft and super-soft compounds
Soft and super-soft compounds

To deal with the tough levels of grip out on track, Pirelli are bringing the two softest compounds to Korea - but that will also make the life of the tyre one of the key elements of the race (like it isn't always!) due to the abrasive surface of the track. Strategy will be supremely important and cars that can be light on their tyres and go long when they have to may be at an advantage.

We should see another two-stop race this year, which in theory should be even faster. This year though, there have been some changes to the aerodynamic regulations, which have generally slowed lap times down over the course of the season.

- Paul Hembery

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
DayLocalAttendeeRepresenting
Thursday15:00Fernando AlonsoFerrari
Romain GrosjeanLotus
Pastor MaldonadoWilliams
Nico RosbergMercedes
Sebastian VettelRed Bull
Mark WebberRed Bull
Friday16:00James AllisonLotus
Mark GillanWilliams
David GreenwoodMarussia
Paddy LoweMcLaren
Adrian NeweyRed Bull
Pierre WachéSauber
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process was changed last year to include a former F1 driver to give added insight. These are the stewards overseeing this weekend's action.

F1 Stewards
NamePosition
Paul GutjahrPresident of the FIA Hill Climb Commission
Vincenzo SpanoPresident of the Sporting Commission of the Automobile and Touring Club in Venezuela
Martin DonnellyF1 driver for two years 1989-1990

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