Lap Abu Dhabi’s new GP circuit

Interest in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been high since last year’s announcement that it would appear on the 2009 calendar. Watch this video for an idea of what to expect:


It will be the final race of the year this season, taking over from party-central, the Brazilian GP, which will now be the penultimate event.

To give you a flavour of the circuit, the GP’s official site has developed a new game that lets you drive a car around the track.

Only, it’s the worst ‘driving’ game we’ve played online for a long time. We’re not even sure that you’re controlling the car in any way, and it takes about two and a half thousand years to load.

But as the track’s not built yet, this is the closest we’ll get to see how the circuit flows for now, and even on here, the run through the hotel looks pretty impressive.

Don’t get too excited, though – it won’t take the F1 drivers through the foyer.

Now that would be good.

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i smell

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I’d like them to go to Leguna Seca but i’m not sure they could get round Corkscrew

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the tickets are too pricy ………… 2000 to 3000
dhirams (Abudhabi currency).

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Everyone questions the track design but since I live in Abu Dhabi and know the location of the track, I wander if sand and dust will be the major issue. We obviously have dust storms and even driving from Abu Dhabi to Dubai can be interesting in these conditions.
The track is located next to Abu Dhabi Airport pretty much in the desert and on some days visibility is dramatically reduced with blowing sand swirling across the roads.
Obviously the race is in our winter months but even then if the Shamal winds blow Abu Dhabi is covered in dust, this will surely affect safety and the performance of the cars.
The other thing is knowing the region I am sure the Hotel prices will certainly increas during the F1 race period, its not only a question of the cost for entrance tickets.

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F1 is so dull.

Too many rule changes each year therefore manufacturers never get chance to consolidate r&d.

roll on it’s demise – rock on indy/le mans etc.

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Get all the divers to comment on their favourite parts of their favourite circuits, glue them all together and make a new track out of it. And put it in a EUROPEAN country, that has actual motor sport fans. As in NOT Turkey. or some miidle east oil rich millionaires play park.

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Bring back Adelaide, Imola, Paul Ricard, the old Hockenheim with it’s long straights (which idiot ever decided to shorten that track), Mexico and off course Montreal. Bernie should stop asking for this enormous amounts to host a race. They are killing the gold egg chicken.

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i wish F1 came back to the US or Canada because i have always wanted to see them race in person. but they keep going to new grand prixs and cut the ones closet to me out.

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I can’t be bothered to try this game, but I live in Abu Dhabi and have seen a massive model of the complex. It looks sort of OK, not as bad as some would say, but not brilliant. I’ve was told that tickets are pretty much sold out (as of April) and that only crappy seats remain. The only way to get them is to buy them off someone, and as the worst tickets cost over $200, you will be ripped off. I won’t be going, and it will be full of the worst kind of cock, the ones who dont care about F1, and it looks like the season will be wrapped up by October anyway.

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2009 = Crap Cars & Boring Races & Crap Tilke Tracks
Thanks FIA
Give us back the V10s
Give us back the cool cars
Give us back the tracks with heritage
Skip KERS
Skip the ugly clown wings
Skip Q3 with a fuel load

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re post 31 – here’s the start

http://news.bbc.co.uk/spo rt1/hi/motorsport/formula _one/8137626.stm

The future of the Japanese Grand Prix has been thrown into doubt by Fuji Speedway’s decision not to host the race in 2010.

F1 continues it’s slow death

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“TOP GEAR TEST TRACK FOR F1!!!!”

LOL I want to see that! It’ll be like a demolition derby.

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the game took abot 4.1 billion years to load. then it was crap.

i like the tracks setting but i want to see overtaking and yas wont provide that

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