F1 testing could head to Dubai

Talks intensify over bringing 2014 F1 winter testing to Dubai Autodrome
F1 testing could head to Dubai
By Neil King
Sun 28 Jul 2013 10:23 AM

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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