2010 Korean Grand Prix

The Korean Grand Prix should be safe, photo by Waegook Cook

Italian motorsport magazine Autosprint have today been claiming that the Argentine Grand Prix will have its contract for the next three years finalized and signed next month and that the Korean Grand Prix is likely to disapeer from the calender in 2013 to make way.

While Autosprint have good reason to report on the Argentine Grand Prixs return it seems that the cancelaltion of the Korean Grand Prix is conjecture: based on the fact that it has been reported that 2013 would be a 20 race calander and that with the Argentine and New Jersey races being added two will have to go. In fact  Bernie Ecclestone when asked about the future calender earlier this year did mention that a 22 race calender was possible, if it is a twenty race season though one free space race is likely to be down to the Spanish races in Barcelona and Valencia alternating which is almost certian but the cancellation of Korea seems unlikely. Autosprint’s argument is that the Korean Grand Prix is unable to honor its financial obligations. Only last month though Korean Grand Prix organisers announced that they have come to a new agreement with Bernie Ecclestone and the Formula One Group to keep the race at a reduced cost until 2016.


What Autosprint had to report from Argentina was more interesting though, they quote Argentina’s  tourism minister Carlos Enrique Mayer as telling them: “The national government accepts the challenge of organizing the Grand Prix of Argentina to promote our country to the world” and that “In May, the three-year contract between all the parties involved will be signed,”.


What Autosprint also reported is that the circuit, to be designed by Hermann Tilke, will in fact be a street circuit around Mar del Plata and not a complete new circuit as previously understood.