Abu Dhabi is considering a "unique" start time for its first Formula 1 race this year, track boss Philippe Gurdjian has revealed.
The Yas Marina's event is currently scheduled to begin at 3pm, but Gurdjian has hinted that race chiefs are hoping they can move it.
Speaking to AUTOSPORT, Gurdjian said: "At this moment, the start time is 3pm. But the final decision depends on Mr. [Bernie] Ecclestone.
"We have a certain idea of what we would like to do, but I cannot tell you today what it is! We have a very specific idea, and I hope we will be able to do it – and it will be as unique as the track."
Gurdjian also dismissed as "ridiculous" recent speculation suggesting Abu Dhabi's track would not be ready in time – and that Canada could fill its slot.
"I don't know who made this wrong story, but on my side it was ridiculous," he explained. "I don't understand where it came from.
"On my side, we are progressing. Aldar, the people who are building the circuit, are doing a good job.
"They are making also a good job for the island, because we are starting from an island that only had sand – no bridges, no roads, no electricity and no water. But everything will be done on time."