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Yas Marina Circuit boss says there will be no changes to Abu Dhabi Formula One track design

Lewis Hamilton was vocal, asking for changes to the design of the track

Denzil Pinto 2018/03/26

The CEO of Yas Marina Circuit has ignored Lewis Hamilton’s plea to make changes to the track design for now, but insists organisers behind Abu Dhabi’s Formula One race are looking at ‘options to deliver a better event’ in the future.

Mercedes driver Hamilton expressed his concern after struggling to overtake team-mate and eventual winner Valtteri Bottas in November’s season-finale in the UAE.

“If there’s any way we can improve this track to enable us to have these battles, you’ve got these long straights where you can’t even get close enough to utilise them,” said the four-time world champion after the season-finale in which the top eight in that race finished in the same order as their qualifying positions.

“If there’s some way where we can enable us to be able to remain closer in that third sector, I think this will go up in the rankings of a great circuit.”

But speaking during the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix launch on Monday, Al Tareq Al Ameri says there are no plans to alter any aspect of the track for the time being.

“There are no changes to the track but we are always investigating options to deliver a better event,” he said. “If we are ready to enhance the track and improve the racing elements, trust me, we will work on it. But we will announce once we have a solution that is fit for purpose and meets the objective.”

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