Korean Grand Prix: Yeongam Variables Make for an Exciting Race

David HuggettContributor IOctober 23, 2010

YEONGAM GUN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 23:  Pole sitter Sebastian Vettel (C) of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme with second placed Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Red Bull Racing and third placed Fernando Alonso (R) of Spain and Ferrari following qualifying for the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit on October 23, 2010 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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This weekend marks the beginning of the end for the 2010 title race, and what a platform on which to have it.  The new Yeongam in Korea is looking like a great drivers' circuit, and this debut race is plagued with teething problems, making the results of tomorrow's Grand Prix all the more uncertain.

Friday practice highlighted the fact that, even though the track has been given the go-ahead by Bernie and his various advisers, there are issues that still need to be addressed. 

For example, the tarmac is complete, but the infrastructure of the venue itself still has a fair way to go to be considered finished.  This has caused a significant amount of dust on the track, making grip of the racing line dangerously low. 

Most of the cars took a spin at some point during the Friday sessions, which gave the men behind the wheels their first cause for concern.   

The next big issue is regarding the pit lane entrance, which has somehow found itself intertwined in the exit of turn 17 and the entrance of turn 18, meaning that any chasing car would be unaware of a driver's intention to pit until it is possibly too late. 

This is being addressed by stewards, but is unlikely to be changed before the race.

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So where do we stand after qualifying? There was definitely a feeling of confidence in the McLaren camp during the build up, but sadly did not translate to the grid positions they were hoping for. 

Lewis managed fourth, but Jenson only seventh.  Having said that, this track is arguably better suited to the McLarens. As long as they get away well off the start, they could push the front-runners as early as the first lap. 

The Red Bulls dominated again with a front row led by Seb.  Their victory is not a foregone conclusion, though, as they both know there will be three very eager title contenders all over their radars from the off. 

Fernando only missed out on pole by a 10th and clearly wasn't happy that once again the drinks team had ruined his day.  He will start from P3.

Given the variables this weekend, as well as a slim but very possible chance of rain, this title is still in the lap of the gods.  Korea is looking like the most exciting race of the year so far. 

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