FIA inspects Korean Grand Prix track

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The Independent Online

An official from motorsport world governing body FIA has begun an inspection of the event's proposed circuit less than two weeks ahead of the country's Formula One debut, a Korean Grand Prix organiser said today.

FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting arrived in Yeongam to check the newly completed race track and evaluate whether the race can go ahead on Oct. 24 as scheduled, said Korea Auto Valley Operation official Jung Ji-hyun.

The inspection may last until Tuesday, Jung said.

The final layer of the Yeongam circuit was completed last week, several months behind schedule due to bad weather, said Jung. Yeongam is located about 236 miles (380 kilometers) southwest of Seoul.

The inspection comes two weeks after Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone expressed concerns over whether the track will pass inspection.

Under FIA rules, if the track does not pass its inspection, the Korean GP will be scrapped for both the 2010 and 2011 seasons.