Abu Dhabi wants Formula 1 winter testing

Davide Valsecchi (ITA) Lotus F1 E20. Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day Three, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Thursday 8 November 2012.

Davide Valsecchi during Young Driver test in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit has now officially thrown its name into the hat as a potential preseason testing venue for next season.

We reported last month that venues in Bahrain and Qatar have applied to host Formula 1 next winter, as teams look to the Middle East for better testing weather than wet and cold Spain.

“There is an interest to do pre-season testing outside of Europe which would be of interest to us,” Richard Cregan, boss of the Abu Dhabi venue at Yas Marina, is quoted by AP news agency.

“It seems particularly related to the new engine where they obviously want to test the new engine configurations in harsh conditions,” he added.