Abu Dhabi happy despite losing final F1 slot

Organisers of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix insist they have no qualms about losing the coveted final slot on Formula One calendar. The impressive Yas Marina circuit was scheduled to close the last two calendars, but for 2011 that privilege is ...

Organisers of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix insist they have no qualms about losing the coveted final slot on Formula One calendar.

The impressive Yas Marina circuit was scheduled to close the last two calendars, but for 2011 that privilege is reverting to Brazil.

"We're not disappointed at all, we're happy with it," track chief executive Richard Cregan is quoted by local newspaper The National.

"It's always been our intention to feature at the latter end of the calendar, but not to necessarily be the last round. The penultimate race could well be a championship decider, but that's not our priority," he added.

Meanwhile, Mohammed ben Sulayem, president of the United Arab Emirates' motor racing sanctioning body, said Abu Dhabi is also happy with the event's unique day/night format.

"It went perfectly last year, so why change it? The day-to-night timing, in terms of international broadcasting and our spectators at Yas, is perfect," he said.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Richard Cregan