Jean Todt , the FIA president, has criticised Formula One tracks where there is little chance to overtake, saying they are partially to blame for falling television audiences across the world.
The Frenchman told German magazine Auto Motor und Sport that he thinks the problem is the questionable spectacle of some grands prix.
The Federation Internationale d’Automobile (FIA) have made several mechanical modifications for this season, including adjustable aerodynamics and energy-saving systems. The objective is to promote overtaking, but Gascoyne says an easier way of improving the sport would have been to analyse the current circuits.
Yas Marina came in for criticism from drivers and media pundits last November for its layout and alleged lack of overtaking opportunities during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.Fernando Alonso lost out on the drivers’ title after being unable to get past Vitaly Petrov’s Renault for 39 laps, despite his Ferrari being clearly faster.
FIA president Jean Todt told Auto Motor und Sport this week that “Races like Abu Dhabi in 2010, where you cannot overtake, are not acceptable”.
But Richard Cregan, Yas Marina Circuit chief executive, insists Abu Dhabi should not be singled out.
“You can see it around the world that you have tracks equally as good as Yas Marina Circuit, many of them with a longer heritage and still F1 becomes a procession,” he told The National.
Cregan admitted, however, that circuit officials are discussing with the FIA as well as drivers ways to improve the track.
“We are looking at various track modifications that we have to do for MotoGP and also what impact they would have on formula one,” he said.
“We want to be active in terms of increasing the spectacle.”