Abu Dhabi set to modify F1 lay-out to boost overtaking

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Abu Dhabi set to modify F1 lay-out to boost overtaking

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix promoters have announced that several changes will be made to the Yas Marina circuit this summer to help boost overtaking opportunities for this year's race.

The United Arab Emirates track has often been criticized for its lack of action, a shortfall highlighted by the fact that the venue has in the past been the scene of a championship showdown.

Yas Marina has therefore devised a plan that features a series of changes and alterations centered around the track's two slowest series of corners.

"We’ve been looking at improving the racing on the track," said Saif Al Noaimi, acting CEO Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management

"We’ve been listening to our spectators, the fans, the drivers, F1 and the FIA, and we’ve been working on making some changes, exciting changes, this year to the layout of the track.

"We will be undergoing some modifications to the track over the summer in time for this year’s edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix."

Details of the circuit's modifications will be publicly revealed in the coming weeks, but the changes involve two specific areas.

The run down to Turns 5, 6 and 7 that ends with a tight hairpin that everyone exits at the same speed is expected to be replaced by a single short radius corner that will lead on to the back straight.

Also, the current complex that includes Turns 11,12,13 and 14 will also be replaced by a single radius left-hand corner that will be slightly banked.

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"The objective ultimately is to create more opportunities for close wheel-to-wheel racing," added Al Noaimi.

"We want to create more overtaking opportunities and to overall create a faster flowing race track, given the current rules of the vehicles.

"So we're really looking forward to seeing some overtaking and action, and hopefully the championship will come down to the wire and be determined here."

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Brawn: Red Bull 'quite brave' to go for second stop while leading

Ross Brawn admitted to being impressed by Red Bull's decision to pit Max Verstappen for a second time... The post Brawn: Red Bull 'quite brave' to go for second stop while leading appeared first on F1i.com.

Brawn: Red Bull 'quite brave' to go for second stop while leading

Ross Brawn admitted to being impressed by Red Bull's decision to pit Max Verstappen for a second time in the French Grand Prix while the Dutchman was leading the proceedings.

Many believed that Red Bull had done the hard part by pitting Verstappen early and achieving the undercut against race leader Lewis Hamilton, a move that allowed the Dutchman to recoup a lead he had lost to the Mercedes driver after an error on the opening lap.

But well after the race's halfway point, Red Bull pitted Verstappen again, but this time from a position of strength, a decision that ultimately swung the race at Paul Ricard in the Dutchman's favor.

"It’s clear Mercedes were caught out by the potency of the undercut," commented Brawn in his post-race debrief for Formula1.com.

"Clearly what played out in the race didn’t match the numbers. That was the surprise. Then, of course, it was who pulled the trigger first with a possible second stop

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"Once someone pulls the trigger for a second stop, you can’t pit a lap later as it’s too late. You would be beaten. You are then committed to going long.

"It was quite brave from Red Bull to do it from a leading position. But they didn’t want a repeat of Barcelona. It was a really competitive and aggressive approach for Red Bull. And that created a great finish."

While impressed by Red Bull's gusto, Brawn also praised Hamilton's outstanding ability to "eke out" performance from his tyres for the duration of his second stint.

"What Lewis demonstrated was his ability to bring more out of tyres in difficult circumstances compared with Valtteri, who obviously took more life out of the tyres," he added.

"Lewis is a master of eking out performance. I still wasn’t convinced that even five laps from the end, Max was going to do it, so impressive was Lewis on that stint. It could have gone either way."

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Brawn said that the current battle between Red and Mercedes highlighted what F1 has been missing in the past few years.

"My wife asked me ‘what would I be doing if I was back on the Mercedes pit wall?’ and I said I‘m glad I’m not on the pit wall. I’m too old and it wouldn’t be good for my blood pressure!" Brawn joked.

"What we are seeing now is a classic championship fight and it makes us realise what we’ve been missing these last few years.

"We’d love a two team fight for the championship, and if we can’t have that, we want two team mates fighting for the title. We have been lacking both of those things since Nico won his championship in 2016.

"So it’s great to seeing a real tooth and nail fight. And it’s being done in a good spirit, between drivers and between teams.

"There’s the normal banter and the technical debates are all part of the landscape of F1."

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