The Yas Marina circult is a racing circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and it is the current home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The circuit, having been completed in August was first driven by the Endurance driver, Bruno Senna. Senna whom had failed to acquire the Brawn seat at the beginning of the season was now hoping to ascertain a race seat in Formula One for the coming season with one of the new entries that were preparing to join the grid for 2010.
Commenting on the circuit, Senna noted "I would say the layout is quite selective, it is not exactly the same as Bahrain, where you can find at least four overtaking points, but you can earn a position in one place or another - the 1.2 kilometre-long straight will ease that, for sure. Some corners are crazy as the cars will pass very close to the wall, like in the IndyCar series - this mix of characteristics is cool."
As apart of the unveiling of the new circuit, former F1 drivers, David Coulthard and Martin Brundle completed a few laps of the new circuit in two seater Formula One cars. Brundle was the first driver to alleviate concerns for the new circuit, commenting "the first place we find ourselves is in a tunnel for the exit of the pit lane. And believe it or not, this is unlimited speed during the grand prix. Goodness only knows what will happen if there is an accident."
Coulthard further backed up Brundle's comments, calling it "a bit silly."
The following is a list of Formula One World Championship events held at the Abu Dhabi circuit:
"Its like entering Wembley" - Lewis Hamilton. 2009.
"Formula One has a new World Champion. Now here is the crowing glory of circuit design in 2009. Even Bernie Ecclestone no less can hardly believe his eyes. Frankly, how can anybody top this. South Korea, next year? Donnington? Silverstone? Hockenheim? Magny-Cours? Spare any change for an 800 million pound monument to motorsport? I suppose it helps that the world's richest city is just up the road but take nothing away from the achievement of transforming a desert island into a grand prix venue in less than two and a half years." - Jonathan Legard. BBC. Qualifying. 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
"All very easy on the eye of course, very photogenic. But what about the racing?" - Jonathan Legard. BBC. 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
"Dusk to dark is interesting. You don't get sunlight bouncing down the track and into your eyes too much because of the sandy haze that there is here. But it is interesting as the natural light fades and the artificial light takes over the dominance of showing you the line. Its a technical track, it misses some of the high speed challenges of Silverstone or Spa for example. But its harder to get these slow corners right, there is more time to be one or lost in them."
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