Abu Dhabi Grand Prix organisers are considering layout changes to the Hermann Tilke-designed circuit at Yas Marina, which has come under fire for its lack of overtaking.
The track layout – which features lengthy straights with single-file chicanes at the end of them – of the otherwise state-of-the-art facility came under particular criticism for a processional season finale that saw clearly quicker cars trapped behind slower rivals.
FIA President Jean Todt has been particularly scathing, telling Auto Motor und Sport that such races are “not acceptable”.
The Frenchman has warned that the continuation of the problem will result in a drop in worldwide TV audiences and trackside spectators.
“People have many choices in how to spend their leisure and every day we must ask ourselves how we can improve the entertainment,” he added.
But the circuit’s CEO, Richard Cregan, argues that it’s unfair to single out the Yas Marina circuit, although he did admit that circuit officials were consulting with the FIA and F1 drivers to improve the layout of the circuit.
“You can see it around the world that you have tracks equally as good as Yas Marina Circuit, many of them with a longer heritage and still F1 becomes a procession,” he told The National.
“[However], we are looking at various track modifications that we have to do for MotoGP and also what impact they would have on Formula 1,” he added.
“We want to be active in terms of increasing the spectacle.”
[Original image via LAT]
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