Webber a fan of Korean GP circuit

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The Korean Grand Prix may be one of the worst-attended races on the Formula One calendar, but Mark Webber has said that he likes the track at Yeongam due to its half-permanent, half-street circuit layout.

Webber enters the Korean Grand Prix under the cloud of a ten-place grid penalty following an incident at the end of the race in Singapore last weekend that has now been dubbed ‘taxigate’. However, he is still looking forward to racing at the circuit for the final time as a Formula One driver.

“I like the layout of the circuit in Korea,” Webber said. “The atmosphere at the track isn’t great because there aren’t many spectators, but the track’s got some challenging sections and some good corners. The last sector in particular is fun because it has a nice flow to it and the walls are pretty close, so you have to be very accurate with your line.”

Webber started on pole position for last year’s race before going on to finish second behind teammate Sebastian Vettel. However, the race also holds some bad memories for the Australian driver, with his retirement in 2010 proving costly in his only real shot for a drivers’ championship.

The race is set to move from its current fall slot in favor of an early position on the calendar, with a provisional date of April 27 being set for next year’s grand prix. However, along with the events in Mexico and New Jersey, the race is yet to be formally confirmed, suggesting that Korea could be at risk of dropping off the calendar as attendances dwindle.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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