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Abu Dhabi to alter F1 layout for 2021 finale

Abu Dhabi to alter F1 layout for 2021 finale
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Abu Dhabi is set to undergo key circuit layout changes ahead of the 2021 Formula 1 season finale.

Abu Dhabi is set to undergo key circuit layout changes ahead of the 2021 Formula 1 season finale.

Saif Al-Noaimi, CEO of the Yas Marina venue, reveals that officials have "listened" to criticism and will now make "some exciting changes" in the coming months.

"We are looking to improve the performance of the track during the race," he is quoted by France's Auto Hebdo.

"We have listened to the spectators, the fans, the drivers, F1 and the FIA, and we have worked on it."

However, Al-Noaimi insists he is not ready to say precisely which sections of the layout - which has often hosted processional grands prix - will be changed.

"We will have to wait a little longer to know precisely what changes will be made, but everything will be well and truly ready for the 2021 edition," he said.

"The objective, naturally, is to create more battles on the track. We want to create more opportunities for overtaking, and create an overall faster circuit taking into account the current single-seater regulations.

"We can't wait to see more overtaking, more action, and we hope the battle for the title will be played out here at the end of the season."

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that a 30 percent capacity crowd will be permitted to attend the 2021 season finale on 12 December.

"Given the current guidelines in Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina will be able to welcome a small number of fans," confirmed Al-Noaimi.

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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