Korean International Circuit Yeongam layout & records

Korean Circuit Details
Lap RecordPole Record
Location:Yoengam, South KoreaLap Record:1:39.605 minRecord Pole:1:35,585 min
Event:Korean Grand PrixDate:16 October 2011Date:23 October 2010
Used Since:2010F1 Driver:Sebastian VettelF1 Driver:Sebastian Vettel
Type:Closed CricuitF1 Car:Red Bull RB6F1 Car:Red Bull RB6
 Lap Dist.:5.615 kmSpeed:202.942 km/hSpeed:211.477 km/h

 

Korean International Circuit Yeongam Circuit Layout

Yoengam Circuitcircuit-legend

 

Description

 

Korean International Circuit (Yeongam): Three sections in detail



Straight between turns two and three

Back straight between corner 2 & 3

Back straight between corner 2 & 3

There are three straights on the Korean track, although the longest is not the pit straight. That honour instead goes to the straight between turns two and three, which is 1,150m. Over this stretch the engine will be working at full throttle for approximately 15s. With such an emphasis placed on top speed and acceleration, getting correct gear ratio selection is a labour of love, particularly for seventh gear. Get it wrong and you will either be at the limiter for too long and compromise acceleration, or potentially a sitting duck as the other cars sail past. The choice of ratios is complicated by the changeable weather conditions caused by the Korean International Circuit’s proximity to the sea and low altitude, with wind direction often varying from day to day. Allied to the start-finish line at approximately 700m, over 80% of sector one is thus taken at full throttle.

Turns six to nine
The complex between turns six to nine may twist and turn but it is feasible for drivers to take it at full throttle, meaning a further 700m flat out. On exiting turn six, the driver will accelerate up through the gears, trying to keep the momentum going as the car moves from side to side through the corners. G-forces through this section hit the roof and the fluids within the water, oil and fuel systems will repeatedly move within the tanks. It is particularly important for the fuel levels to be adequate, particularly towards the end of the race. The effect of the fuel ‘sloshing’ in the tank could mean that the pumps are left uncovered – thereby starving the engine – if the levels are too low.

Turn 14 – 16
From turn nine onwards the circuit is a combination of second, third and fourth gear corners taken at an average of 215km/h. The last complex, from turn 14 to 16, is particularly indicative of this part as the driver dances with the throttle, constantly on and off the pedal. The point-squirt nature of this section radically increases fuel consumption. In fact consumption over one lap is one of the highest of the year.

Driver Ranking

 

Driver Ranking Korean International Circuit

DriverGP  1st  2nd  3rd  Pod  Pole  FL  Avg GridAvg PosPoints
1Germany Sebastian Vettel43003221.55.075
2Spain Fernando Alonso41012014.53.858
3United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton40202102.54.847
4Australia Mark Webber40112115.012.333
5Finland Kimi Räikkönen20101007.03.528
6Brazil Felipe Massa40011005.85.537
7France Romain Grosjean20011005.05.021
8Germany Nico Hülkenberg30000008.76.721
9United Kingdom Jenson Button40000008.012.016
10Germany Michael Schumacher300000010.313.712
11Poland Robert Kubica10000008.05.010
12Germany Nico Rosberg40000006.315.510
13Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi200000020.013.58
14Spain Jaime Alguersuari200000013.09.06
15Brazil Rubens Barrichello200000014.09.56
16France Jean-Eric Vergne200000016.513.04
17Japan Kamui Kobayashi300000013.015.04
18Germany Nick Heidfeld100000013.09.02
19Switzerland Sébastien Buemi200000014.514.52
20Australia Daniel Ricciardo300000017.315.72
21United Kingdom Paul di Resta300000012.714.71
22Mexico Sergio Pérez300000013.012.31
23Japan Sakon Yamamoto100000023.015.00
24Netherlands Giedo van der Garde100000020.015.00
25Spain Pedro de la Rosa100000023.021.00
26Brazil Lucas di Grassi100000022.021.00
27Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio100000022.020.00
28Mexico Esteban Gutierrez10000008.011.00
29France Jules Bianchi100000022.016.00
30Finland Valtteri Bottas100000017.012.00
31India Narain Karthikeyan100000024.020.00
32United Kingdom Max Chilton100000021.017.00
33Italy Jarno Trulli200000019.019.50
34France Charles Pic200000020.016.50
35Russian Federation Vitaly Petrov300000015.719.00
36Germany Adrian Sutil300000012.715.70
37Germany Timo Glock300000020.718.30
38Brazil Bruno Senna300000019.014.00
39Venezuela Pastor Maldonado300000016.316.30
40Finland Heikki Kovalainen300000020.014.70

Team Ranking

 

Team Ranking Korean International Circuit

TeamGP  1st  2nd  3rd  Pod  Pole  FL  Avg GridAvg PosPoints
1Austria Red Bull43115333.38.6108
2Italy Ferrari41023015.14.695
3United Kingdom McLaren40202106.39.054
4United Kingdom Lotus F120112006.04.349
5Germany Mercedes40000007.313.532
6India Force India400000012.612.917
7Italy Toro Rosso400000014.512.614
8Switzerland Sauber300000011.813.212
9France Renault200000012.814.810
10United Kingdom Williams400000015.413.17
11Switzerland BMW Sauber100000012.58.56
12United Kingdom Manor200000021.517.50
13United Kingdom Virgin Racing200000021.019.50
14Spain HRT300000023.518.30
15United Kingdom Caterham400000019.516.00

Official website: https://www.koreacircuit.kr:442/web

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