Abu Dhabi Denies Delay Reports

Following rumors that Abu Dhabi might miss out on this year's Formula One season as a result of some delays in the construction process of the Yas Marina circuit, the Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management issued a quick statement yesterday denying the reports. The document made it very clear that all things are going ahead as scheduled and the venue will be ready in time to host the season finale on November 1st.

Abu Dhabi circuit chief Philippe Gurdjian was linked, during the Aussie GP weekend, with the construction of another venue in Korea. Also, some reports showed that the defunct Canadian Grand Prix was on course to replacing the Abu Dhabi race from as early as this year, if necessary.

“As tickets for the inaugural Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix went on sale in Abu Dhabi this morning, Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM) confirmed that progress on the construction of Yas Marina Circuit, the host venue for the final race of the 2009 F1 season finale, is on track and there are no concerns regarding delivery deadlines,” said the aforementioned statement from ADMM.

"ADMM, the organization responsible for the management of the state-of-the-art Abu Dhabi based track benefits from the leadership of two experienced and talented individuals, Richard Cregan and Philippe Gurdjian.”

"Gurdjian's main focus is on the development and delivery of the track whilst Cregan, formerly General Manager of Toyota's F1 Team, focuses on the growth of the team, the success of the grand prix, and ensuring that Yas Marina Circuit is a fully functioning, year round business,” added the official document.
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