Steiner rates Abu Dhabi well as a final GP
The Italian defended the venue, which has come under fire recently.
In recent times, the Abu Dhabi GP has come under fire for not producing good enough racing at Yas Marina circuit, after a slew of mediocre grand prix races at the track in these past years saw people suggest returning to Brazil for the final race.
Despite this poor racing, however, Haas F1 team principle Steiner feels Abu Dhabi GP works as the best spot for the season’s final race, on the basis that its atmosphere excels above other tracks, as he also spoke briefly on why people may not like it.
“I think as a venue, it’s a very nice place to finish the season in my opinion,” said Steiner to media including FormulaRapida.net. “Racing here, I don’t know. It is, because of the track layout, obviously, never been really, [a] good show.
“I don’t think it [Abu Dhabi GP] is that bad as a show. If you see this year, some of the races were very interesting, I must say, so you always compare it. This was good, but then, if something is just mediocre, it’s bad, you know?
“So I don’t think it’s the wrong place, because, would you like to finish the season in Brazil? Not really, I mean, from the sporting point, maybe yes, but the whole atmosphere, I mean, it’s great here. More like, for the people, for the show, I call [it] the show not the sport.
“Look at the amount of people that come here for Abu Dhabi GP and the amount of people having fun, I think it’s a very good place. When the racing is sometimes not the best here, but maybe, we always say, ‘ah you need to have better race cars’.
“We judge after Melbourne which don’t produce a lot of interesting racing, but it’s always a good show in Melbourne with Australian GP because it’s the first race, you know? So, I don’t think it’s the wrong place to have the last race here.”
[Note: This article was written by me on FormulaRapida.net, and edited by Darshan Chokhani]