• 2010 Season

Abu Dhabi handed final race of 2010 by FIA

ESPNF1 Staff
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Abu Dhabi is hoping to attract more tourists holding the season finale © Sutton Images

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will now be the 2010 season finale after the FIA's World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) agreed to the race organiser's request for a change to the calendar.

The Brazilian Grand Prix was originally listed as the final round of the season with Abu Dhabi as the penultimate race. However, the WMSC has agreed to a request from the circuit's CEO Richard Cregan to give the prestigious slot to the grand prix in the Middle-East. At the motorsport business forum in Monaco Cregan said the change would make a big difference for the event by helping to attract spectators from overseas.

Amid speculation that the Korean International Circuit might not be ready for the inaugural South Korean Grand Prix in 2010, the event has remained on the calendar but its position is subject to homologation.

The WMSC also gave details about changes to the stewards officiating at a grand prix. Previously the stewards changed from race to race, a set up that was criticised for producing controversial and inconsistent rulings. The WMSC statement said stewards will now be made up of a permanent panel of three, working alongside experienced F1 drivers to make rulings at each event.

The WMSC also ratified the change to the scoring system in 2010, put forward by the F1 Commission.