F1 in Korea for 'last time' - Vettel

1,977 views

The unpopular race at remote Yeongam has been given a provisional date on the huge 22-race 2014 calendar.

Oct.5 (GMM) According to Sebastian Vettel, Sunday's Grand Prix will be the fourth and last in South Korea.

The unpopular race at remote Yeongam has been given a provisional date on the huge 22-race 2014 calendar.

But "I have heard that we are here for the last time," world champion Vettel, who is famously close to F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, is quoted by DPA news agency.

A banner at the entrance of the paddock at the circuit this weekend reads: "Thank you Mr Ecclestone for 2013 F1 Korean Grand Prix".

Race promoter Won-Hwa Park, however, insisted Korea's F1 dream is not over yet.

"We are still negotiating with Mr Ecclestone," he said.

The organisers wanting a reduced race fee for 2014 and beyond -- something Ecclestone is unlikely to agree to.

Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn hopes the provisional 2014 calendar does shed a few races.

"More than 20 is just too much," she told Die Welt newspaper.

"With the structure of the teams at the moment, it (22 races) is not possible."

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series F1
Article type Commentary
Tags f1, gmm, korea, red bull, vettel

User photos

EuroRacer
F1

EuroRacer

27 photos
darkcloud154
F1

darkcloud154

22 photos
Renato Marques
F1

Renato Marques

5 photos
devilwoman
F1

devilwoman

1 photos
stirlingf18
F1

stirlingf18

1 photos
erikjunius
F1

erikjunius

37 photos
SurdinP
F1

SurdinP

1 photos
Upload photo