Abu Dhabi race to be held in October ’09

The first Abu Dhabi Formula 1 race will be held in October of next year. It was expected that the race would be held earlier in the season, however the newspaper the Daily Telegraph has revealed that the race will be held in October.

Organisers of the track have announced that they have penned a seven year deal to host an F1 race on Yas Island, a man-made island to the east of Abu Dhabi island. The official sponsor for the race will be Etihad Airaways who currently also sponsor Ferrari.

A press release from the race organisers reads, “Spectators will enjoy close, competitive racing played out on three distinct sections of the 5.6km race track. These include high speed areas ending in tight overtaking turns, a street section and a marina section, all of which combine to deliver an unrivalled Formula 1 viewing experience.

“It will be one of the longest and most demanding tracks in the world, and will include an iconic grandstand hairpin for the ultimate in spectator entertainment.”