'Korea dropped to make way for Azerbaijan'
8 May 2014 – The Korean Grand Prix is to be kept off the calendar next season to make way for a new race in Azerbaijan, Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has told The Independent.
South Korea lost its place on the 2014 roster after complaints about poor attendance figures and a lack of infrastructure, with the purpose-built facility located 200 miles from the country's capital city, Seoul.
Azerbaijan's event will take place on the streets of its capital, Baku.
"Baku has been signed. It will start in 2015 and will replace Korea," Ecclestone is quoted as saying.
"They did a good job with the track but what they forgot to do was build all the things they wanted to build."
Although the country has never hosted Formula 1 before, motor racing is not new to Azerbaijan; sportscars have raced between barriers in Baku since 2012 and the city now hosts the final of the Blancpain Sprint Series.