After expressing doubts about the inaugural event less than two weeks ago, Bernie Ecclestone now insists the Korean grand prix “is on”.
The FIA’s Charlie Whiting is due to tour the Yeongam venue the day after Sunday’s Japanese grand prix, but F1 chief executive Ecclestone said the circuit “will pass the inspection” and host the race in two weeks.
“They had problems but they have done wonders in the last few weeks,” the Briton, who is not in Japan this weekend, is quoted by the Daily Express.
“I’ve been in touch, I’ve seen photographs and the top layer of the track has been laid. They will pass the inspection,” added Ecclestone.
The newspaper report, however, said many of the circuit’s buildings and spectator facilities will not be finished.
Ecclestone continued: “Despite all the doom stories, I think people will be pleasantly surprised.
“I will be there, the world will be watching and we will have a great race — and it is on, end of story,” he said.
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