ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 13: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 and Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 into turn one at the start during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 13, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

The Yas Marina Circuit has been prepared for “wheel-to-wheel racing”, according to multiple reports.

Yas Marina will be hosting the Abu Dhabi GP, the final race of the F1 season. It is a track which has seen lots of celebrations and lots of heartbreaks, and is the decider of the year-long journey.

In recent times, the race has been criticised for being too one-dimensional and having few overtaking opportunities. As a result, the general reception afforded to the race is a negative one.

However, Yas Marina Circuit is now prepared for some “wheel-to-wheel racing”, if the authorities in charge are to be believed.

“Obviously we are hoping for a championship decider as things are looking right now, with a very exciting championship battle going on between (Max) Verstappen and (Lewis) Hamilton,” Saif Al Noaimi, deputy CEO of Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, revealed, as quoted by National News.

“We are really looking forward to that coming down to the wire here in Abu Dhabi.

The Yas Marina Circuit. Source: thenationalnews.com

“We have been working on this project for quite some time and we are now very happy that we are at a point we can finally say we have completed all the work and the track is ready.”


Al Noaimi also gave an insight into the changes that have been proposed and completed, and revealed his excitement to see the results.

“The first section of the track modification is the north hairpin. We have changed the chicane and made that turn wider as part of the F1 configuration,” he continued.

“The second part of the change is the south configuration, the entry into the Marina section. We have eliminated a bunch of 90-degree camber corners and instead have a single bank corner.

“We are happy to reveal it today that we are really excited to see cars going wheel-to-wheel in that corner.

“It allows more wheel-to-wheel racing, with more lead changes and position changes on the track instead that happening on the pit lanes. That’s the objective and we feel very strongly that we have achieved it,” he concluded.

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