Korean Grand Prix Optimistic Over Future Despite Financial Losses
November 21, 2012
Following a a loss of $36 million this year, Korean Grand Prix organisers have suggested the race will bring long-term benefits.
The event is yet to post a profit since being introduced to the calendar as part of F1’s expansion into Asia. 2010’s race lost an estimated $50 million and that increased to a reported $56 million the following year.
The race has been plagued by a lack of accommodation and poor attendance, whilst the track was barely finished in time for the inaugural Grand Prix and speculation has mounted that it could be dropped from the F1 calendar.
However, organisers say that the losses are only a short-term problem.
“It’s hard to say what kind of impact the loss has on next year,” race organisers said.
“Although there are many concerns regarding the operating loss, the loss for a third straight year is only a short-term effect.
“In the long-term the F1 event will bring more benefits to the country. It will not only pave the way for South Korean car industries in the future but also help foster new industries.”