Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management CEO Richard Cregan has said that the new Yas Marina circuit will play an important role in promoting Formula One's latest venue to the wider world when it stages its inaugural grand prix at the end of the month,
Cregan, speaking on the final day of the 'Mastering Motorsport F1' seminars at Zayed University as part of the Yasalam
initiative based around the grand prix, delivered a rousing speech to around 200 Emirati students, explaining the passion needed to develop the sport in the region. He also gave an overview of the $40bn Yas Island project to the engrossed students, as he revealed what, apart from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the facilities will offer for them for the majority of the year.
“We have some of the biggest international motorsports events coming up in the next few months, as well the full spectrum of facilities open soon. For instance, the drag racing centre will open early in 2010 with a very special event. We are well aware there's a great hunger for speed in the UAE and we are committed to nurturing this passion in a safe environment.
“This week, we welcomed journalists from around the world to the circuit where they experienced being a passenger in a two-seater F1-style car. Sitting behind a professional driver, they encountered breathtaking speeds that they will never forget. We are sure this activity will be a big hit with visitors and residents alike.
“Yas Marina Circuit will play its part to ensure important messages about Yas Island and Abu Dhabi go out to the world from the grand prix, making sure it has an impact and attracts increasing numbers of visitors, showcasing the capital as an even more attractive destination of choice.
“Royalty, heads of state, celebrities, teams and drivers, business guests, media and volunteers will all attend at the grand prix and are important. However, above all, we need to ensure international spectators have a memorable experience and go home feeling the warm Emirati welcome. Ultimately, F1 fans from around the world would leave on Sunday night excited and looking forward to coming back next year.
“Everyone can look forward to seeing local and international events at the circuit all year round. It is a world class facility and we will integrate it with the community, creating many jobs in the process, Yas Marina Circuit has been developed for the people of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. There's no restriction to what we will use the facility for, the only restriction is our imagination. We will look at and consider anything and any events. It's a truly great stadium, venue and meeting place and we need to ensure its use is maximised for the future.
“The opportunities for local Emiratis are fantastic; you need to be truly passionate and driven and want to be part of a team. This is the ultimate opportunity to develop world class skills in a variety of disciplines.
“Everyone in Yas Marina Circuit has a passion for motorsport and we can help develop it. It's not a nine-to-five job – it needs real commitment and professionalism to deliver something this big. It's a privilege for us all to work in this industry, we need to work hard to reach goals and excel in both our lives and our careers.”