Final sprint: From Suzuka to Abu Dhabi - Part II
The chequered flag will be waved four more times before we know who has won the 2010 Formula One championship. Autoblog UK analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the teams relative to each of the four remaining circuits.
The new circuit in Korea is terra incognita for all concerned – it could either suit everyone equally, or it could see the championship wrapped up early. What matters most is that the race is taking place at all. There has been a great deal of uncertainty as to whether the Grand Prix would actually be held there in late October. Bernie Ecclestone himself was voicing his doubts only last week.
McLaren and Ferrari would not be pleased to see their pursuit of the current leader shortened by one race. Red Bull (or at least, Mark Webber) would be somewhat less upset to see the event cancelled. Even so, Korea could be yet another venue that suits Red Bull: "Going on what we saw at Spa Francorchamps, McLaren, Ferrari and even Renault should beat Red Bull in terms of top speed," says Karun Chandhok, who has already driven a demo lap on the circuit. "The first third should suit them well, but after that, the rest of the lap consists of fast flowing corners, which means the pendulum swings back in favour of Red Bull."