F1 testing could head to Dubai

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Formula 1 teams could be on their way to Dubai for pre-season testing at Dubai Autodrome.

The teams are meeting with F1 president Bernie Ecclestone ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix to discuss build-up plans for the 2014 season, with Dubai set to hold two winter test sessions.

A first test is likely to be held in Spain in January, followed by two subsequent tests in the Middle East, with Dubai emerging as the leading candidate ahead of Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Bahrain.

Dubai holds the advantage as it is not currently holding an F1 race, and its national airline Emirates is an official partner of F1. However, one obstacle to the proposed move is logistical, as organisers will have to fit in the tests ahead of the first race, scheduled to be in Australia.

Analysts suggest that tests could be held later in the winter so that cars can be freighted directly for the Middle East to Melbourne, Australia, or alternatively that tests could be held earlier to give enough time for cars to return to their factories ahead of the first race.

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Posted by: Petrolhead

How does Dubai 'hold the advantage'?

Teams are used to the proper circuits in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain - why would they want to conduct critical testing at an untried circuit not of the same quality that has no experience of meeting the demands of such testing.

Plus the hosts of the two Gulf races pay upwards of $20 million a year each for the privilege. Would probably annoy them if testing went to another circuit, no?

I'm saying: Never gonna happen...

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