Officials from the Abu Dhabi and Interlagos circuits have confirmed that changes to both circuits will be made.
We reported last week that changes to both circuits were being mooted, to counter the complete lack of overtaking at the former, while the latter circuit was facing a safety crisis after another fatality at the track’s penultimate corner just over a week ago.
For the Yas Marina circuit – widely regarded as one of track designer Hermann Tilke’s less-than-brilliant creations despite its outstanding facilities – the changes will be made to the section between Turns 6 and 9 (the first back straight and the subsequent chicane) before this year’s race in November.
Circuit boss Richard Cregan – a former team manager with Toyota’s F1 team – met with F1 team bosses during the Malaysian Grand Prix to discuss the idea, although hr refused to admit that the proposed changes had anything to do with recent complaints from FIA President Jean Todt at the “unacceptable” lack of overtaking at his circuit.
“The drivers and [the FIA] … actually had very few issues with the circuit,” he is quoted as saying.
The exact details of the changes to the circuit are not yet known, although it would be safe to assume that these changes could include bypassing the pointless Turns 5/6 chicane before the hairpin that feeds onto the back straight, and perhaps altering the profile of the Turns 8/9 chicane to encourage more passing.
Meanwhile, circuit officials from the Interlagos circuit have confirmed that seating near the exit of the Curva do Cafe corner will be demolished in order to create more run-off at the high-speed corner where stock car Gustavo Sonderman was recently killed.