Whiting confirms Korean track approved for race

Charlie Whiting has confirmed reports he has given the thumbs-up to Korea's new Formula One circuit. Wire agencies reported the news earlier on Tuesday, after the FIA official's two-day inspection of the Yeongam site. Doubts had remained, ...

Charlie Whiting has confirmed reports he has given the thumbs-up to Korea's new Formula One circuit.

Wire agencies reported the news earlier on Tuesday, after the FIA official's two-day inspection of the Yeongam site.

Doubts had remained, however, after overnight rain fell on the curing top layer of asphalt, amid emerging reports of an incomplete bridge over the circuit and an unpaved main access road.

But Briton Whiting said on Tuesday: "It is satisfactory, and I will issue the license through KARA (Korea Automobile Racing Association)."

KARA chairman Chung Yung-cho welcomed the news.

"We are delighted that all works are now finished to the complete satisfaction of the FIA, and we join the whole of Korea in welcoming the Formula One fraternity to the Korea International Circuit for the first time," he said.

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