The fourth edition of the Formula One Korean Grand Prix begins its preliminary races on the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam, South Jeolla Province, on Friday.
The drivers must complete 55 laps of the 5.615-km-long circuit, racing counter-clockwise over a total distance of 308.630 km. Twenty two racers from 11 teams will have a practice run on Friday and fight for their places on the starting grid Saturday ahead of Sunday's big race.
Unlike last year, when the race for the championship title went down to the wire, this season Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull has proven a dominant force and won seven of 13 Grand Prix events. The German picked up three straight wins in Belgium, Italy, and Singapore, and currently has 247 points, 60 ahead of runner-up Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.
Meanwhile, local weather conditions could be affected by the approaching Typhoon Fitow, which is not likely to make landfall directly over Yeongam but could stir up clouds and rain there this weekend, making the results of the race harder to predict. This will also make it more crucial that teams pick the right tires for the job.
In the inaugural Korean Grand Prix in 2010, torrential rain poured down on the final day, forcing three drivers to retire including Vettel.