Abu Dhabi wants return to F1 finale date

Thu, 10 December 2009, 10:01

Dec.10 (GMM) The boss of the Abu Dhabi grand prix has revealed he is pushing for the Yas Marina race to be the final round of the 2010 season.

Current versions of next year’s formula one calendar show that despite Abu Dhabi’s inaugural 2009 event being the season finale, Brazil has been scheduled as the last race next November.

Circuit boss Richard Cregan’s comments to Reuters at the Motor Sport Business Forum in Monaco indicate that talks are underway for a tweak to the calendar before the final version is published by the FIA in the Principality on Friday.

“I think the final slot for us is very important in terms of the grand prix as an overall event,” he said.

It is suggested that the order of the Brazil and Abu Dhabi races was swapped for the 2010 calendar for logistical/geographical reasons.

But it is rumoured that the preceding race, the inaugural Korean event in mid October, might not actually go ahead, which would drop the number of grands prix for 2010 to 18.

Said Cregan: “We feel that we deserve to be the last race and I’m sure they (Brazil) feel they deserve to be last,” said Cregan. “We’ll have to wait and see.”

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