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.