Dubai to stage F1 test events? | The First Group

Dubai to stage F1 test events?

The state-of-the-art Dubai Autodrome could be set to host Formula 1 (F1) test races, it has been suggested.A meeting took place in Montreal earlier this month, where teams agreed to extend the in-season testing process.Although there has been no decision as to which venues will stage these trial races, there is a distinct possibility that Dubai will be a popular choice among F1 bosses.The Autodrome certainly ticks all the boxes, as a number of current drivers are familiar with the track.Indeed, Romain Grosjean, Jean Eric Vergne, Pastor Maldonado, Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg have all taken a car around the course in the past, while Kamui Kobayashi holds the track's lap time record.The Japanese driver set the fastest time ever seen at the track - one minute and 41 seconds - during the GP2 Asia race in 2008.FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) F1 race director Charlie Whiting visited the site earlier this year and confirmed it was still worthy of its FIA Grade 1 Circuit License - allowing it to hold fully-fledged F1 testing events.General manager at Dubai Autodrome Richard Birch told the facility's Track Talk news website: "Of course we would welcome the opportunity to host F1 testing at our venue. We have the facilities and Dubai has all the infrastructure required for a week of testing."At this stage it is merely talk and speculation as the final decision is not in our hands or even been made as far as we know."Dubai is steadily building itself a strong reputation for hosting major sporting events and securing the rights to stage F1 testing would be a big coup.The emirate is renowned for being a glamorous playground for the rich and famous, which makes it a perfect destination for the extremely lucrative motor racing industry.Neighbouring city Abu Dhabi is set to host an F1 grand prix at its impressive Yas Marina track in November 2013.

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