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South Korea to stage 2010 F1 grand prix

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  • South Korea will stage its first Formula One grand prix in 2010, FIA announce
  • The Korean Grand Prix is set for October 17 in a 19-race Formula 1 calendar
  • Season opens in Bahrain on March 14 and the final race takes place in Brazil
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(CNN) -- South Korea will stage its first Formula One grand prix in 2010, motorsport's governing body, the International Automobile Federation (FIA), announced on Monday.

Work is in progress at the 5.6km site of the future South Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam county.

Work is in progress at the 5.6km site of the future South Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam county.

The 19-race season will open in Bahrain on March 14 and the final race will take place in Brazil.

After missing out on staging a grand prix in 2009, Canada will return to the circuit in 2010 with a June 13 date if agreement could be reached with Formula One Management which holds the sport's commercial rights.

If that is not completed then the Turkish Grand Prix will be moved back one week to the June 6 slot.

South Korea is spending millions of dollars on a track in Yeongam county and officials are confident the Korean Grand Prix, set for October 17, will quickly make its mark.

Work is in progress at the 5.6km site, 320km south of Seoul, where seating to accommodate 135,000 spectators is being built.

Organizers say the main circuit will include Asia's longest straight stretch of 1.2km which will allow speeds of up to 320km per hour.

Seoul has hosted the Olympic Games, the Asian Games and a football World Cup, but never a Formula One race, despite a major domestic auto industry.

The 19-race schedule for the 2010 Formula One championship which gets under way in Bahrain on March 14:

March 14, Bahrain Grand Prix

March 28, Australian Grand Prix

April 4, Malaysian Grand Prix

April 18, Chinese Grand Prix

May 9, Spanish Grand Prix

May 23, Monaco Grand Prix

May 30, Turkish Grand Prix

June 13, Canadian Grand Prix **

June 27, European Grand Prix at Valencia, Spain

July 11, British Grand Prix

July 25, German Grand Prix

August 1, Hungarian Grand Prix

August 29, Belgian Grand Prix

September 12, Italian Grand Prix

September 26, Singapore Grand Prix

October 3, Japanese Grand Prix

October 17, South Korean Grand Prix

October 31, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

November 14, Brazilian Grand Prix

** Subject to the completion of contract negotiations with Formula One Management. If these are not completed then the Turkish Grand Prix will be moved to June 6

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