Reigning V8 champion James Courtney has said Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit has “zero character” as he prepares to travel to the emirate for this weekend’s season opener.
Courtney, who is part of Australia’s Holden Racing Team, said the multi-million dollar track offers a boring race experience for drivers.
"To be honest, the track is very boring to drive ... in that it has zero character," 30-year-old Courtney said in comments quoted by AAP.
"All the good circuits are the ones that are old and beaten up with walls where they shouldn't be and that sort of stuff.
"The new circuits that they're building for Formula One such as Yas have 1000km of run-off, they're dead-flat, there's no bumps, there's no character to the place."
Courtney’s comments chime with those of Team Lotus technical head Mike Gascoyne, who last week said design flaws in Gulf circuits encouraged boring races with little overtaking.
"Bahrain and Abu Dhabi were the two most boring races [of 2010]," he said.
"It's pretty disappointing that you've got two massively boring races on circuits where you had literally carte blanche to do anything you liked. You could have had elevation change or moved sand wherever you want it."