Tilke promises low-grip entertainment in Korea

Yeong-am circuit designer Hermann Tilke has predicted that the inaugural Korean Grand Prix this weekend will be an entertaining one because of lack of grip.

The recently-completed track surface is set to yield little purchase for the drivers, and may make set-up complicated.

“The only problem it [the new surface] will cause and to me that is not actually a problem is in terms of grip,” explained Tilke.

He went on to throw down the gauntlet to drivers to deal with the slippery track.

“A lack of grip should not be a problem because we have the best drivers in the world here. Plus, it will be the same conditions for everybody. There will not a problem that the track will break-up.

“I think on Friday the track surface will be very, very slippery because it is brand new. That means you will probably see some spinning. And, it will not be easy to find the set-up for Saturday and Sunday because the track will change a lot.

“That means some drivers will make the wrong set-up choice, because you are going to have to second guess what is the right way to go.”

Red Bull are the only team to have any experience of the track, as Karun Chandhok recently tested one of their cars there as a dry run.