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Changes to be made in Abu Dhabi

An attempt to boost overtaking is behind changes set to be made to the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi
Bosses at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi have confirmed that changes will be made ahead of the 2011 F1 race in effort to increase overtaking opportunities.

The 2010 season finale drew criticism for the lack of overtaking, most notably as Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber spent much of the race struggling to find a way past the Renault of Vitaly Petrov.

Following a meeting at Sepang between Yas Marina chief executive Richard Cregan and F1 officials, the decision has been taken to make changes to the circuit between turn six and turn nine although he was quick to point out that the changes weren't being made due to flaws in the original Hermann Tilke design.

"We spoke with Charlie Whiting and he spoke with the drivers and they actually had very few issues with the circuit," he was quoted by ESPN F1.

News of changes being made in Abu Dhabi come after Interlagos agreed to revise the run-off areas at its final corner following a recent accident that claimed the life of Gustavo Sodermann during the opening round of the local Copa Chevrolet Montana series [See separate story HERE].



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Phil Price - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 11:10 AM

How about they stop going there all together? Stupid Boring street circuit. Might look nice on the television but the racing is boring. Go to a proper race circuit!

Hongamanooga - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 11:53 AM

I really can't see why so many circuits have to be designed by the same man (Tilke). Tilke's approach is in making technical tracks which try to lure drivers into making mistakes. The fact is however that those guys very rarely make mistakes. If he wants to create overtaking opportunities then he has to place a series of S-turns because in such a series, the line out of every turn is always a compromise between good exit and good entry to the next. A driver that is close behind can take advantage of that and try a maneuver (usually by making a bolder exit, then passing and then blocking).



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