Korean Grand Prix Looks to be a Wet One – again…


FIA planning may wish to reconsider the scheduling of the Korean Grand Prix for its next running. Somehow putting in the height of monsoon season doesn’t seem to make a great deal of sense.

Off the coast of Korea sits Typhoon Fitow, bringing with it bucket-loads of rain and the typhoonadded attraction of 100 mile per hour winds. Clearly these conditions are less than desirable for for most drivers and spectators at a Formula 1 Grand Prix, but it’s not like this is the first time a GP event was rained on, and certainly not the first in Korea. Korean International Circuit in Yeongam is on the southern end of the Korean peninsula with little geographic terrain to slow the winds or slow the effects of the weather.

This could make for an interesting event. Some of the most memorable drives in history are during the rain. Monaco in 1984, Spa in 1985, Donnington Park in 1993 – all clinics performed by arguably F1’s best in the rain, Ayrton Senna.  But also remember Hunt in Fuji in 1976, and even Vettel at Monza in 2008.

Just for fun, check out ESPN’s Top Ten rain Grands Prix run in the rain.

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