Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix Preview: Tyres, DRS, Typhoon and Session Times

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Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix Preview: Tyres, DRS, Typhoon and Session Times
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The Formula One Korean Grand Prix takes place this Sunday at the Korea International Circuit. Or rather, it should be taking place.

Tropical Storm Fitow is set to strengthen to typhoon status, and there's a small chance it will strike the area on Sunday.

A direct hit would mean no racing. But for now let's assume the Grand Prix will go ahead as planned.

Designed by Hermann Tilke, the track is located in Yeongam county on the South-West coast of the Korean Peninsula, close to the port city of Mokpo. That is, of course, in South Korea, not North.

The race's short history means only two drivers have won here. Sebastian Vettel has two wins and Fernando Alonso, one.

Taking F1 into a highly developed country with a massive automotive industry must have seemed like a good idea at the time. But things haven't quite worked out as hoped, and F1's foray into South Korea has not been a success.

The track hasn't produced excellent races and financial troubles have beset the project since its inception. Since 2010, the event has lost a staggering $142m.

Let's hope this year's race can help turn things around.

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