Alonso: Abu Dhabi F1 changes ‘should be better for overtaking’


Yas Marina chiefs revealed on Thursday that they are going to be making intensive revisions to their monitor for this yr’s F1 season finale.

The tweaks will embrace a revamp of the hairpin part, and the creation of an all-new high-speed banked nook to exchange the sequence of 90-degrees bends that have been on the far finish of the circuit.

Vitaly Petrov, Renault R30, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari F10

Picture by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Photos

Alonso is aware of solely too nicely how laborious it may be to overhaul on the previous format, having famously misplaced the 2010 world championship battle when he acquired caught behind Vitaly Petrov’s Renault for a lot of the race as Sebastian Vettel grabbed the championship with a win.

However having seen what Yas Marina has deliberate for this yr’s race, the Alpine driver was upbeat about issues and reckoned it ought to assist boost the F1 season finale.

“I noticed the plan and I believe it’s good,” he stated. “At the least they’re attempting, and they’re ensuring that we’re ready to have a greater present. So I am pleased with the thought.

“I believe it is going to be higher, and not less than it will be completely different for all of us. In order that’s the primary second: the enjoyment once you go right into a free observe and you’ve got a brand new format. There are at all times some new issues that you just try to it’s good.

“After which the second is it needs to be higher for overtaking, so why not?”

Work on the modifications is because of start in the summertime and needs to be accomplished nicely prematurely of the December 12 occasion.

Abu Dhabi organisers estimate that the brand new flat out banked nook may have an entry velocity of greater than 250km/h.

F1 managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn stated that grand prix chiefs totally backed the modifications.

He stated: “We’re totally supportive of the choice to make enhancements to the monitor, with the goal of enhancing the general motorsport expertise throughout the board, together with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, for each rivals and spectators.”


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