Abu Dhabi eyes changes to improve F1 overtaking

By on Thursday, April 7, 2011

Apr.7 (GMM) Organisers of the Abu Dhabi grand prix are contemplating making changes to the Yas Marina circuit.

The layout of the otherwise spectacular facility received criticism after last year's mainly processional season finale.

FIA president Jean Todt told Auto Motor und Sport this week that "Races like Abu Dhabi in 2010, where you cannot overtake, are not acceptable".

But Richard Cregan, Yas Marina Circuit chief executive, insists Abu Dhabi should not be singled out.

"You can see it around the world that you have tracks equally as good as Yas Marina Circuit, many of them with a longer heritage and still F1 becomes a procession," he told The National.

Cregan admitted, however, that circuit officials are discussing with the FIA as well as drivers ways to improve the track.

"We are looking at various track modifications that we have to do for MotoGP and also what impact they would have on formula one," he said.

"We want to be active in terms of increasing the spectacle."

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