The finishing touches are being applied to formula one's new season-finale venue, with the inaugural Abu Dhabi grand prix scheduled to take place on November 1.

The finishing touches are being applied to formula one's new season-finale venue, with the inaugural Abu Dhabi grand prix scheduled to take place on November 1.

Phillippe Gurdjian, chief executive of race organisers Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management, told the local newspaper The National that he does not believe the global financial crisis "will affect us".

He did, however, express disappointment about the demise of the Honda team.

"It is a new circuit, a new race at the end of the season. I wish we had 10 teams with 20 cars racing, instead of nine teams and 18 cars."

Newly released aerial photographs show the pit buildings in place, grandstands being erected, and the progress on the unique Yas Marina Hotel -- through which a section of the track runs through.

The actual track surface is also currently being laid.

"We are on schedule, attending to a million details," Gurdjian, supported in his role by the recently departed Toyota team manager Richard Cregan, said.

"It is not difficult to build a track; it's a different story to finish it," he added.

 

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