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Thu 24 Sep 2009 10:59 AM

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Abu Dhabi F1 circuit works 'on schedule'

Race organiser ADMM says all work will be finished 'in plenty of time' for Nov race.

Organisers of the inaugural Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix on Thursday ruled out any delay to the Yas Marina circuit and insisted it was "on schedule" for the November race.

“Yas Marina Circuit is running to schedule and will be finished in plenty of time for the ADMM team to fully test all of the facilities prior to the race in November,” said a spokesman for Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management (ADMM).

This comes on the day the media toured the circuit on Yas Island, which will host Abu Dhabi’s first Formula One Grand Prix on Nov 1.

Although official handover of the race track by master developer Aldar Properties to ADMM was completed last week, work on the support buildings around the circuit and on the Yas Hotel is going on around the clock to ensure the facilities are finished for race day.

Scaffolding is still present on the lower floors of the Yas Hotel. Piles of full cement bags and an army of construction workers on the site provide evidence that work is yet to be completed. The circuit must be handed over to world motorsport’s governing body, the International Automobile Federation (FIA), around 2 weeks before the start of the race.

In an interview with Arabian Business earlier this month Richard Cregan, ADMM chief executive, said around 90 percent of tickets had been sold for the Grand Prix on Nov 1.

He said corporate hospitality ticket sales were strong despite the downturn.

ADMM is a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi government and the emirate’s largest developer, Aldar Properties.

The race will take place on the 5.5km Yas Marina circuit, located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The track stadium has a capacity of 50,000.

It has been reported that Abu Dhabi paid a record $45m to host this year’s final F1 fixture, which will be the first day-to-night race.

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