Daniel Ricciardo Proposes a Fix to Boring Abu Dhabi F1 Track Layout

Published 12/15/2020, 8:09 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 10, 2020 Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Daniel Ricciardo is looking ahead to the 2021 season. He bids adieu to Renault and joins the English band of McLaren. With him and Lando Norris inside McLaren’s cockpits, the season will be fun. Speaking of which, the Aussie complained earlier that the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix lacked one element – FUN!

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The Yas Marina Circuit has a total length of 5.5 kilometers with 305.355 km to race over 55 laps. Well, that takes almost two hours. If the action on the track is lacking, then it really becomes monotonous for the racers to keep going in circles.

That is exactly what Daniel Ricciardo pointed out.

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In fact, several fans on social media have pointed out Abu Dhabi as the most boring race of the season. Well, we can’t blame them. In a season that gave us circuits like Silverstone, Imola, Istanbul Park, and Bahrain, the Abu Dhabi race was quite a letdown.

Thus Daniel Ricciardo suggested some modification to the circuit to spice up the race.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

It was like a long time trial that I was enduring. So personally it was a fairly fun race for me, although not a whole lot of action with other guys. Maybe we could play around with the layouts, I know there is a few alternatives around here,” stated Ricciardo.

“Because unfortunately on Sunday it is tricky, it is sometimes a bit grim from an entertainment point of view,” he added.

Daniel Ricciardo expects a better Yas Marina Circuit in 2021

Daniel Ricciardo put up a couple of impressive performances this season. He also registered points for Renault almost every weekend. What else could you ask of a driver who is in his last season with the team? Well, the two years that Ricciardo spent there, he made many memories.

I’m really pleased how far we’ve come, both myself and the team, and fifth in the drivers’ championship, obviously there is no reward for that, but I think it speaks for itself in the turnaround we made this year,remarked the Aussie.

He hopes to see an improvement in the track when he visits Yas Marina next time. He would drive the McLaren car down the long straights then, but he would fancy going up against the competition beside him.

Although this race was quite exciting for him, he says, he could feel the diminishing energy from the track.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice Giuseppe Cacace/Pool via REUTERS

It is a shame because it is such a great venue, and I certainly do not want to talk the place down because I want to keep coming back here because it is amazing. Knowing that my pace was strong and that I was creating that gap, that kept me excited,” recalled Ricciardo.

The season entirely was inclined to a single team. Therefore, it is incorrect to blame one circuit. Yet this criticism from a fellow racer should be thought upon by the designers and FIA. Hopefully, the Aussie has fun next year.

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Indrasish Ganguly

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Indrasish Ganguly is an F1 author at Essentially Sports. An avid fan of the F1 championship, the Kolkata based writer admires Lewis Hamilton the most on the F1 grid. His interest in racing stems from his love for cars and speed.

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