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Abu Dhabi race confirmed for evening slot.


Formula One's newest venue has confirmed that its first race will return the category to the prospect of racing into the dark, after it was announced that the season finale will get underway at five o'clock.

Originally slated for a 3pm slot, the start time has been pushed back by a couple of hours to give the climax of what is expected to be a closely-fought championship battle a floodlit backdrop.

“Yas Marina Circuit has been built from the outset to host day and night-time activities,” former Toyota F1 CEO Richard Cregan, now CEO of race organiser Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, pointed out to the sport's official website, "Staging F1's first ever day/night race offers us the unique opportunity to demonstrate the circuit's inbuilt flexibility and state-of-the-art facilities.

“It has always been our intention to showcase to the world this spectacular venue and this decision allows just that opportunity. It is the best of both worlds, spectators and television viewers will see the stunning architecture of the world's newest F1 circuit during the afternoon sunlight, and then experience what it is like under floodlights.”

Similar to Singapore, the Yas Marina circuit will utilise advanced lighting technology, with outfield floodlights providing 'horizontal' illumination, and smaller infield light providing a ' constant daylight effect' courtesy of 'vertically controllable beams', all the while eliminating shadows and glare that could dazzle drivers.


Tagged as: Abu Dhabi , night , floodlights

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Martin - Unregistered

August 29, 2009 2:01 PM

A bad decision on so many levels. It's patronising to European fans, who are perfectly happy to watch a race at 11am instead of 1pm - and worse for viewers in the Americas, who could be witnessing a potential title challenge. It's a complete waste of money, especially if the actual effects of low sunlight will be minimised due to expensive technology. What happens if we get a freak rainstorm like the Qatar MotoGP race, let alone a technical failure or terrorist attack? F1 doesn't exist to showcase money-rich culture-poor economies, it exists to provide racing entertainment for the fans.

sokudo - Unregistered

August 29, 2009 4:31 PM

whoa. terrorist attacks? i'm sure terrorists have more improtant things to bomb than an f1 race and it appears you're making the assumption that terrorism is the thing in the middle-east, which is completely sterotypical. i'll agree with you on the failures and possible rainstorm though.



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