Red Bull will triumph in Korea, says Karun Chandhok
Red Bull are the favourites to win the Korean Grand Prix according Karun Chandhok – the only Formula 1 driver to have experienced the sport’s new circuit.
Chandhok piloted a Red Bull show car in September’s trial run at the Yeongam circuit despite the final layer of asphalt not having been laid on the track.
When asked about the upcoming Korean Grand Prix, Chandhok said: “It will be closer than last weekend in Suzuka as it is not quite so aero-dependent, but I still fancy Red Bull to win.
“I think Korea is another Red Bull circuit. They proved by the end of Japan that they were a good half a second clear of the McLarens and Ferraris.
“In two weeks that is impossible to catch up, regardless of how many new parts you throw on a car.”
McLaren have already revealed they will have even more new parts for their MP4-25 at Yeongam as they continue to develop their 2010 car despite taking new parts to Suzuka.
Chandhok does believe the circuit’s three long straights will benefit McLaren with their F-duct system but believes the majority of the track will be suited to the Red Bull car.
“It does have three long straights, which will help McLaren, but from turn four it’s basically just left-handers all the way home and gets a bit more fiddlyÃ¢Ë†’slow-speed, second-gear stuff, camber changesÃ¢Ë†’which will play more into Red Bull’s hands.
“Fernando [Alonso] could hustle it up and get closer to them and actually I fancy [Robert] Kubica to do well again in Korea. He is a real street fighter and this kind of track will suit him.
“What could be interesting, though, is the start. Red Bull may well lock out the front row and still not be leading by the time we reach T4 because of the straights in that first sector.
“That would make it very interesting. I know it is something that Mark [Webber] is thinking about because he told me when he asked me what the circuit was like.”
Webber is leading the drivers’ championship by 14 points over Alonso and Sebastian Vettel as Formula 1 approaches the inaugural Korean Grand Prix, while former world champion Lewis Hamilton is 28 points behind with team-mate and reigning world champion Jenson Button a further three points off the pace.