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Whiting hopeful of better show

Charlie Whiting confident of a better show in Abu Dhabi in 2011
FIA race director Charlie Whiting says he is confident that the introduction of DRS this season will lead to an increase in overtaking during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Last season's race saw little in the way of overtaking, with Fernando Alonso in particular having reason to complain after he spent much of the race stuck behind the Renault of Vitaly Petrov and saw his championship challenge come to an end as Sebastian Vettel lifted the crown.

This time around however, Whiting said he was hopeful that two separate DRS zones around the Yas Marina circuit would help to improve the show.

“The race came in for a bit of criticism last year because the cars found it very difficult to overtake,” he said. “But there are two DRS zones this year, with two activation points, and they should make a significant difference in that respect.”

Whiting also added that Abu Dhabi has already shown itself to be a popular venue with F1 teams, despite not previously providing the most exciting of races.

“Everybody loves coming here to race,” he said. “The facilities are absolutely first class – everything's top-notch and the timing of the event gives a nice mix between a night race and a day race.

“The marshalling has been excellent, too, and race control works very well. It's a thoroughly pleasant working experience. There haven't been any changes to the circuit apart from some very minor kerbing adjustments.”



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