Fears growing about Korea GP cancellation



Fears are growing that the inaugural Korean grand prix this October may have to be called off.

Although Bernie Ecclestone recently dismissed rumours that construction of the new Yeongam circuit might not be finished on time, political tensions between South Korea and the rogue North have been ramping up.

South Korea pointedly blamed the North for the recent sinking of a naval vessel that killed 46 sailors, and the North retaliated by threatening all-out war.

"If there is (war), we won't be there obviously," F1 chief executive Ecclestone told reporters in Turkey.
Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper cites sources as saying the political situation may already have further slowed down construction of the 5.62 kilometre circuit.

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Grid girls are seen before the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park.
Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes walks in the paddock before the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on May 30, 2010, in Istanbul, Turkey.
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing walks in the paddock before the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing walks in the paddock before the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park.
Felipe Massa of Brazil and Ferrari and Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP walk back to the paddock after attending the drivers parade before the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
Spectators show a banner reading 'in Schumi I trust' on the stands prior to the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit racetrack.
McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gestures prior to the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit racetrack.
Drivers wait for the green light at the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
Drivers take the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber leads at the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber leads at the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix, at the Istanbul Park circuit.
Mercedes GP's German driver Nico Rosberg drives ahead of Renault f1's Polish driver Robert Kubica at the Istanbul Park circuit on May 30, 2010.
McLaren Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives at the Istanbul Park circuit.
Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing through the field into the first corner at the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
Mercedes GP's German driver Michael Schumacher drives at the Istanbul Park circuit.
Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber drives ahead of Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel at the Istanbul Park circuit.
Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia leads McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher of Germany steers his car during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel stands by his car at the Istanbul Park circuit after he crashed on May 30, 2010, during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
A crane lifts the car of Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel after he crashed at the Istanbul Park circuit.
Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes leads from team mate Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes on his way to winning the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
McLaren Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives at the Istanbul Park circuit.
McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads his teammate McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain, during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit racetrack.
McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain crosses the finish line to win the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit racetrack.
Second placed Jenson Button congratulated race winner Lewis Hamilton of McLaren in parc ferme.
McLaren Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button, McLaren Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber pose on the podium of the Istanbul Park circuit on May 30, 2010, after the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix. McLaren Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton won the race ahead of McLaren Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button and Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber.
McLaren Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium of the Istanbul Park circuit.
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing gives interview to the media in the paddock after colliding with his team mate Mark Webber of Australia.
Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes celebrates on the podium after winning the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park.
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Amid the uncertainty, it is believed that the F1 teams association FOTA is not currently prepared to charter some of its equipment to Korea ahead of time if there is no guarantee of a race.

Moreover, it emerges that most teams have not yet booked airline tickets and hotel rooms for their staff, even though plans for the subsequent Brazilian and Abu Dhabi events are well advanced.

"This is a clear sign of how seriously they are worried about the possibility of cancellation," said well-known Portuguese journalist Luis Vasconcelos.

If Korea is cancelled, there will be an extremely rare four-week break between the Japanese and Brazilian grands prix.
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