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GP Week : Issue 69
Senna Previews Abu Dhabi As one of only a handful of drivers to have experienced the all-new Yas Marina circuit before the track was officially inaugurated at last week's GP2 Asia test, Bruno Senna has the honour of actually being the first driver to have completed a lap of the track, when he took some lucky passengers out in an F1 two-seater a few weeks ago. Senna spoke exclusively to GPWeek at the Brazilian Grand Prix about what Formula 1 can expect from the latest track to make its debut on the calendar "ITHINK it's going to be quite interesting because it's a new circuit rst of all. Second, it's going to be full of variables: the race starts with sunlight and ends with no sunlight, so the temperature and humidity are going to change. This will cause a lot of variables with the teams so teams that are running better in a warmer environment will su er towards the end. Things will progress in di erent ways throughout the race so strategy will be key. I think it's also easy to make mistakes because there are many off camber corners and if you go off line it's completely dirty, so I think it should probably create some good and interesting racing, I'm not sure about overtaking. There are some good long straights but F1 cars are built hard on the overtaking side and it's very dirty offline. It is a technical circuit, this is its main feature. There are some fast corners on the circuit that you can attack and gain some time but in general it's going to be a street- ish circuit, especially around the marina area. The corners there are a bit slow, but as I said most of these corners are off camber and if you set the car up for the off camber corners, the on camber corners are very difficult. The car will be very loose in the rear. So it should be quite interesting to see how people cope with the car set-up and I think some of the fast corners will dictate how much downforce you're going to take and you know how these guys take very little changes on the aerodynamic side. If I had to compare Yas Marina to another circuit, it would be hard to say to be very honest. I think it is quite unique because it has a very open area with some fast and flowing corners but then you have a tight area with tight corners and the walls are very close. It's pretty unique in every way. Formula 1's arrival in Abu Dhabi should be quite cool, I think. The circuit facilities are amazing. It's the standard for every other circuit coming into the sport in the future, and Abu Dhabi itself is a good place. I've been there a few times and IenjoyitalotsoIthinkthere'salotof structure around for the teams and F1 people and I think the fans will really enjoy it." CLICK here to check out Bruno's guide on YouTube! F1 NEWS >> 10