x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Yas Island could be night race

Yas Island circuit boss Philippe Gurdjian confirms the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix could be run as a night race in the future.

Yas Island circuit boss Philippe Gurdjian has confirmed the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix could be run as a night race in the future. This year's inaugural race on November 1, which is scheduled to run in the afternoon at 3pm, will be a day race, but Gurdjian has acknowledged that the race could have the option to run in the dark in the future, following in the footsteps of Singapore who staged the first Formula One night race last September.

"We have the possibility to do it," Gurdjian said yesterday as he visited the Monaco Grand Prix. "Light will be in place." Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone also revealed yesterday that the series could be on the verge of a return to Argentina in 2011. There has not be a Grand Prix in Argentina since Michael Schumacher triumphed in Buenos Aires in 1998, but Ecclestone confirmed talks were taking place about a race there, saying: "We are talking, chatting away to them (the Argentine officials,"

Meanwhile, Team US F1 have confirmed lodging an entry with the FIA to compete in the 2010 Formula One world championship. The American outfit, owned by former Ligier technical director Ken Anderson and one-time Williams team manager Peter Windsor, is the second team to announce their intention to run next year. Of all the potential new teams eager to sign up under the FIA's £40m (Dh233m) budget cap regulation, it is understood Team US F1 are the most far advanced with their project as they aim to join the series.

Further talks were scheduled to take place last night between the FIA president Max Mosley and the current 10 Formula One teams over the controversial budget plans, with no agreement on the regulations for the 2010 season having been reached during Friday's meeting. * With agencies