This weekend is shaping up to be a bit surreal for me. The strange notion that the circuit is â€œreadyâ€ to host a grand prix has me actually questioning that logic. There are soldiers helping facility workers still bolt seats down in the grand stands as of Saturday, the accommodations are all veryâ€¦foreign and the crowd seem to be attending the event driven by that same internal, macabre feeling of slowing down to look at a car wreck.
Many in the press have been using Twitter to describe the surreal situation of lodging as many are staying in brothels or â€œlove hotelsâ€ as they are called. I read several Tweets last night about the â€œlove hotelsâ€ that media personnel were staying in replete with sex-toy vending machines and the like. Sutton Images posted a brief description on their website here.
â€œThe accommodation is a bit bizarre and there are easily 30 of these ‘Love Hotels’ in the area – the one down the road is called the Hotel Feel, but we steered clear of that. Ours, The Washington, is actually very nice. It’s still a ‘Love Hotel’ but it’s clean, has a 42″ TV and free internet access. They wanted the media to stay an hour away in the city of Gwangju, which is much bigger and has more luxurious hotels, but it’s far more important to be close to the action so we’re happy where we areâ€.
As Jalopnik points out, it looks like Max Mosley picked the wrong time to leave F1. The prices are in the news as well as many attendees are using alternative means to enjoy the show. Common articles are said to be priced ten times the normal price. As Reuters points out, things such ear plugs have been replaced with toilet tissue and Iâ€™m wondering if the attendance numbers are anything close to what they have announced them to be.
I sent a message to AUTOSPORTâ€™s Edd Straw last night an he politely explained that organizers were telling the press the event has sold 100,000 tickets but as Edd cautions, best to wait and see as this is subject to what you define â€œsoldâ€ as. A good point ant tip of the hat to MR. Straw for his wisdom.
So far it appears that the racing may be interesting but I would hate to have the title decided by some oddity of an undercooked circuit which hampers the performance or ability of Red Bull, McLaren or Ferrari due to a circumstance that is purely caused by a track that is being used well before its time. It’s like the track needed another week or so in the Easy-Bake oven with a 100 watt light bulb.
So dust, dildos, sex, high prices, unfinished grand stands, oily track and dodgy amenities are what the South Korean Grand Prix has brought prominently to the foremost portion of my mindâ€¦gosh, things can only get better from here right? I mean whatâ€™s next? Nude grid girls? De-laminating track surface? Either way, I did enjoy watching FP1 and FP2 so in the end, perhaps everything will be perfectly fineâ€¦although Iâ€™m not counting on it.