Abu Dhabi officials have quashed rumours that the circuit won't be ready in time for season finale

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    Abu Dhabi officials have quashed rumours that the circuit won't be ready in time for season finale

    Post by Ross on 30th March 2009, 12:34

    Abu Dhabi not behind, say officials




    Abu Dhabi Grand Prix officials have denied suggestions that the circuit will not be ready in time for this year's inaugural race.

    Rumours emerged during the Australian Grand Prix weekend that the circuit, which will host the season finale in November, could be replaced as there were delays with the construction of the circuit.

    There was also speculation about a possible management reshuffle, with suggestions that Abu Dhabi circuit chief Philippe Gurdjian could be focusing on helping with the construction of a circuit to host an F1 grand prix in Korea.

    Abu Dhabi, however, has moved to quash the reports that the circuit construction has been delayed, also denying Gurdjian was leaving.

    "As tickets for the inaugural Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix went on sale in Abu Dhabi this morning, Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM) confirmed that progress on the construction of Yas Marina Circuit, the host venue for the final race of the 2009 F1 season finale, is on track and there are no concerns regarding delivery deadlines," the circuit said in a statement on Monday.

    "ADMM, the organization responsible for the management of the state-of-the-art Abu Dhabi based track benefits from the leadership of two experienced and talented individuals, Richard Cregan and Philippe Gurdjian.

    "Gurdjian's main focus is on the development and delivery of the track whilst Cregan, formerly General Manager of Toyota's F1 Team, focuses on the growth of the team, the success of the grand prix, and ensuring that Yas Marina Circuit is a fully functioning, year round business."


    Source: autosport.com


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    Re: Abu Dhabi officials have quashed rumours that the circuit won't be ready in time for season finale

    Post by Mike on 30th March 2009, 14:09

    If its not ready, where do you think the race will go?

    Found this report:

    Canada could be set for a shock return to the formula one calendar, a local television channel reported on Sunday.

    Citing rumours from the Melbourne paddock this weekend, the French language Reseau des Sports cable channel said organisers of the inaugural Abu Dhabi grand prix - scheduled as the 2009 season finale - have fallen behind in construction of its circuit.

    Abu Dhabi's problems are reportedly due to the global financial crisis, with Montreal considered as a substitute despite falling off the 2009 calendar after a commercial disagreement with Bernie Ecclestone.

    However, Canada would apparently not simply replace Abu Dhabi's November event, but instead host a race before the Brazilian grand prix in October, which would become the new last round of the championship.



    http://formula-1.updatesport.com/news/article/1238415805/formula_one/F1gossip/Abu-Dhabi-in-trouble-Canada-to-sub/view.html


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