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Korean Grand Prix preview

Korean Grand Prix preview

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Published by Mike Pryson
Formula One Korean Grand Prix preview.
Formula One Korean Grand Prix preview.

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Published by: Mike Pryson on Oct 02, 2013
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Race Preview 
06 OCTOBER 2013
 After the bright lights and street racing of Singapore, Round 14 of the 2013 FormulaOne World Championship sees the teamstake on a very different technical challengeat the Korea International Circuit.The 5.615km track, located close to the cityof Mokpo in the south of the country, isalmost two circuits in one
with the first half featuring a number of high-speed sectionsand a long, fast 1.2km straight and thesecond half comprised of tight and twistingsections featuring lower-speed corners. As such car set-up at KIC is a compromise,with teams balancing the need for outrightspeed against the demands of the slowsections, where both aerodynamic andmechanical grip are of paramountimportance. Finding that grip can be provedifficult too, as the infrequently used track isnormally dirty at the start of the weekendand set-ups must be constantly adjusted tomeet the evolving track conditions. In short,
it’s not an easy circuit to get right.
Lap record:
 1:39.605(Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing,2011)
Start/finish line offset:
Total number of race laps:
Total race distance:
Pitlane speed limits:
80km/h throughout the entire eventweekend.
It’s the two men at the top of the Drivers’
Championship standings who have had mostsuccess in that regard across the first three
Korean GPs. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso won
the inaugural event, a rain-lashed grand prixthat eventually extended to 2 hours, 48minutes and which ended in near darkness,while current title leader Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing has been victorious in thelast two editions.
 And it’s the Red Bull driver who again has
the momentum this season. Vettel comes tothe Yeongam region on the back of threeconsecutive race wins, while Alonso hasplayed second fiddle to the German on eachof thos
e occasions. In the Constructors’
battle, meanwhile, Red Bull Racing, with 377points, currently enjoy a commanding 103-point leader over Ferrari, with Mercedes inthird place with 267 points.
The pit exit has been re-aligned. Itnow runs through the middle of therun-off area at Turn 1.
The kerbs at the apexes of the pitexit are double-sided, 2x500mm wideand four metres in overall length witha maximum height of 25mm.
The artificial grass on the exit of Turns 1, 3, 10, 13 and 15 has beenreplaced by a more hard-wearingproduct.
’Sausage’ kerbs have been
installed at the apex of Turns 4, 5, 9,11, 13 and 14.
The verge behind the kerb at theapex of Turn 8 has been laid withconcrete.
The entire verge between thetrack and the asphalt run-off areaaround the outside of Turn 11 hasbeen laid with asphalt.
The verge at the exit of Turn 13has been extended with asphalt.
There will be two DRS zones. Thedetection point of the first is 70mafter Turn 2, with activation 360mafter Turn 2. The second detectionpoint is 60m before Turn 16 withactivation 95m after Turn 18.

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