Schumacher hoping to see more Korean fans
9 October 2012 – Following on from the packed Japanese Grand Prix, the crowd numbers of South Korea are expected to be the lowest of the Formula 1 season. Michael Schumacher hopes to see an increase as the sport travels to Yeongam and the Korea International Circuit for the third time.
F1 debuted in Korea in 2010, with the circuit having been readied just in time for the race as the grid markings were painting only days before the cars ran. Fernando Alonso won on that occasion, before Sebastian Vettel did the honours last year.
“Korea is one of the more recent additions to the Formula 1 calendar and that's still reflected in the fact that we don't get too many fans at the race,” Schumacher says on Tuesday. “It's a pity because the circuit layout makes for good racing, but I think the situation is improving each year.”
One of Schumacher’s best Mercedes races came in Korea two years ago, as the seven-time World Champion finished fourth from ninth on the grid. Last season, he started 12th before being taken out of the race by Vitaly Petrov’s Renault.