The race is on. The Korean Grand Prix, the nation's inaugural Formula One event, will take place as scheduled from Oct. 22 to 24 as the race track has been approved by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile on Tuesday.
Officials from the FIA inspected the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam, South Jeolla Province and gave it the thumbs-up.
The Korea Auto Valley Operation, which is in charge of organizing the race here, said, "The FIA officials gave the circuit a grade A. All safety features met the FIA's standards, such as the evenness of the track surface and the shock absorbing fence and structure."
Race-related facilities at the circuit are complete, but the audience stands, parking lots and entrance garden still need some final touches.
Charlie Whiting, the FIA's race director and safety delegate, applauded "the innovative layout of the circuit, bringing spectators close to the track while ensuring safety." "A license will be issued through the Korea Automobile Racing Association", he said.
Prior to the inspection, F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone had expressed high expectations for Korea's first-ever F1 event. Ecclestone, who was in Japan for last weekend's Japan Grand Prix, said, "The race in Korea will be held as scheduled, and the world will be watching."