Yas Marina Circuit will be modified to favor racing

YAS MARINA CIRCUIT, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 13: Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-20, leads Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43, and Pietro Fittipaldi, Haas F1 Haas VF-20 during the Abu Dhabi GP at Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday December 13, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andy Hone / LAT Images)

To enhance the spectacle at the Yas Marina circuit, the layout of the track will be modified this summer before the season finale.

The races in Abu Dhabi have not been that entertaining, an example could be the one that closed the 2020 season. Last year, there was not much action, and due to that, the organizers of the event are willing to change something in the layout of the circuit.

The work to change some corners is set to start soon, and they will be finished before the race on December 12th.

Saif Al Noaimi, acting CEO Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, stated: “We’ve been looking at improving the racing on the track.

“We’ve been listening to our spectators, the fans, the drivers, F1 and the FIA, and we’ve been working on making some changes, exciting changes, this year to the layout of the track.

“We will be undergoing some modifications to the track over the summer in time for this year’s edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.”

Moreover, Al Noaimi said that the new changes are going to be shared with the fans very soon, and hopes the new layout will help the drivers to overtake more.

“The objective ultimately is to create more opportunities for close wheel-to-wheel racing,” he added.
“We want to create more overtaking opportunities and to overall create a faster flowing race track, given the current rules of the vehicles.

“So we’re really looking forward to seeing some overtaking and action, and hopefully the championship will come down to the wire and be determined here.”

One of the corners that might be modified is the chicane before the hairpin, which makes it difficult for the drivers to follow each other closely before the long straight.

Daniel Ricciardo would like to see some changes, and he said that last season after a boring race.

“I certainly don’t want to talk the place down, because I want to keep coming back here, because it is amazing,” he said.

“But maybe we could play around with the layouts. I know there are a few alternatives that may be around here, because unfortunately on Sunday, it is tricky.
“It’s sometimes a bit grim from an entertainment point of view.”

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