“There is an interest to do pre-season testing outside of Europe”
The sound of F1 engines in Abu Dhabi will resume on Tuesday.
Barely a day after Kimi Raikkonen won Sunday’s thrilling grand prix at Yas Marina, the track will return to life on Tuesday when the final three day ‘young driver test’ begins. Six teams have already run their young driver days this year, so just Red Bull, McLaren, Lotus, Sauber, Toro Rosso and Caterham have stayed behind in Abu Dhabi for the session.
Ferrari asked FIA question about Red Bull’s car
Ferrari’s frantic push for the 2012 title has spilled into the world of paperwork, media reports from the scene of the Abu Dhabi grand prix have proved. Ferrari this week asked a question to the FIA about championship contender Red Bull’s car, according to the Spanish sports daily AS.
The boss of Abu Dhabi’s F1 circuit has criticised plans to run the young driver test at Silverstone later this year.
Originally, the young driver test was scheduled to take place as usual this year at Yas Marina, the week after the Abu Dhabi grand prix. But, due to the calendar congestion at the end of this season, the majority of teams have decided instead to go to Silverstone in July, with only the two Red Bull-owned teams sticking with the Abu Dhabi plan.
Valtteri Bottas almost didn’t make it from Abu Dhabi to Macau ahead of this weekend’s prestigious F3 race.
The Finn, a test driver for Williams, was among the ‘young drivers’ at Yas Marina this week for some precious F1 running. But for the trip from the Middle East to China, time was tight ahead of F3 qualifying.
After a second consecutive race weekend marked by front wing “fluttering”, Ferrari insists it is at least now in good company.
Longer DRS might not prevent boring Abu Dhabi race
Abu Dhabi’s state of the art Yas Marina circuit has offered to house formula one teams. “You have great technical expertise, if you look at what is happening in Abu Dhabi, with the huge diversification into technical industries,” track CEO Richard Cregan is quoted by the Gulf News.
Tech bosses agree to blown exhaust ban
Formula one appears unlikely to tweak the current qualifying format despite concerns in 2011 about a flagging spectacle. Overall, the ‘knockout’ format has been popular in recent years, with fast drivers graduating from the Q1 segment to Q2, and then from Q2 to the decisive top-ten Q3 session.
Formula one bosses have called off a crucial meeting in the paddock of the Abu Dhabi grand prix.
Ahead of the tricky Concorde Agreement negotiations, and amid the unknown future of the cost-cutting agreement and the entire FOTA alliance, the bosses had planned to get together at the Yas Marina venue.
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