The modifications to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit have officially been confirmed ahead of this year’s Grand Prix.
Earlier this week it has been revealed that Yas Marina Circuit will undergo some significant layout changes this year. The changes have officially be announced earlier on Thursday.
The new layout will include a wider turn 7 hairpin as well as a long turn instead of turns 11, 12, 13, 14. Furthermore, turns 17 ,18, 19, 20 will now be even quicker after some amendments.
Acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management Saif Al Noaimi commented: “As a venue, we are continually identifying ways in which we can evolve, keep our product offerings fresh and retain the support of our loyal fanbase.”
“This program, which represents a hugely important chapter in the Yas Marina Circuit story, will involve work being carried out in three separate sections of the track, increasing the opportunity for drivers to overtake and amplifying the competitive nature of all motorsport events held at the venue.”
“Work will take place over the summer, with completion expected well in advance of this year’s FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX, and we look forward to showcasing our new-look track to motorsport fans both locally and internationally in the coming months.”
Managing director of motorsports at Formula 1 Ross Brawn added: “As host of the Formula 1 season-finale since 2009, Yas Marina Circuit has established itself as one of the most popular venues for motorsport fans around the world to attend.
“We are fully supportive of the decision to make improvements to the track, with the aim of enhancing the overall motorsport experience across the board, including the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, for both competitors and spectators.”
“Given its position as the final race in the Formula 1 season, it is always a special date on the calendar, and with this year’s event set to be the first on the new-look track and the last race before we enter the new era of F1 in 2022, there is added incentive to look forward to the spectacle.”
The 2021 Abu Dhabi GP will take place on December 10th-12th.