Drivers heap praise on Korean circuit

World champion Jenson Button said after the first day of practice that the entrance, with pitting cars having to slow down abruptly to leave the track off a very high speed corner, was “a little bit scary”.

“I haven't been behind a car yet when it has pitted, but it's a corner where you're at full speed (250kph) and if somebody goes into the pits they will have to lift pretty heavily,” the title contender added.  “That's a bit of a worry and I don't really know how we're going to get round that issue. We'll discuss it and hopefully find a way around the issue.”

Red Bull's championship leader Mark Webber echoed his thoughts.  “The pit entry and exit is a little bit marginal to get on and off the track but, apart from that, they've done a remarkable job and I'm clutching at straws to criticise anything,” the Australian said after setting the fastest lap of the day.

That aside, the layout met general approval and team principals used a post-practice news conference to congratulate the host nation.

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