Track changes confirmed for Abu Dhabi, Brazil

Changes to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix circuit are being made, chief executive Richard Cregan has confirmed.

The Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Last week, we reported that changes were being considered following criticism of the processional 2010 finale at Yas Marina Circuit.

"Races like Abu Dhabi in 2010, where you cannot overtake, are not acceptable," FIA president Jean Todt had said.

The potential layout changes were discussed during meetings at Sepang between Cregan - the former Toyota team manager - and F1 officials.

He confirmed that changes between turns 6 and 9 will be made before November's penultimate round of the 2011 championship.

He spoke with the drivers and they actually had very few issues with the circuit

Richard Cregan

But Cregan insisted that the changes have not been requested due to flaws with the original layout.

"We spoke with Charlie Whiting and he spoke with the drivers and they actually had very few issues with the circuit," he said.

Meanwhile, it has been decided that some seating will be demolished at F1 track Interlagos to make room for an escape area, following the recent death of Brazilian stock car driver Gustavo Sonderman.