Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix

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The year 2009 welcomed the addition of a new racing circuit in the United Arab Emirates city of Abu Dhabi. The second F1 race in the Middle East, after Bahrain, the Grand Prix takes place at the spectacular Yas Marina Circuit and is an unusual night-day race, starting at 17:00. The inaugural Grand Prix in 2009 was won by Sebastian Vettel, who has now won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix three times (2009, 2010 and 2013). Lewis Hamilton won in 2011. For the 2014 season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take over the last race position from Brazil.

F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is home to one of the wealthiest oil reserves in the world and the Yas Marina Circuit is part of a substantial plan to develop the populous area into something even more magnificent. With the Grand Prix making its debut here in the 2009 season, the country is looking to attract more world-class racing events during each year.

The average worth of a citizen in Abu Dhabi is US$17 million, making Abu Dhabi the world’s richest city, and the Grand Prix will be held on the stunning Yas Island that sits on the east side of the city. In true Middle Eastern style, the city is brimming with glamour and haute couture, boasting five-star hotels and Michelin-star restaurants, and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has added a touch of class to the racing world.

Abu Dhabi has successfully retained its native style and charm, which is still easy to find among its plethora of top hotels, flashy cars and stylish homes. There is a lot to do and see in the city, with top must-sees including the Ferrari Theme Park and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. At the Yas Marina Circuit there is a karting centre, drag racing and an impressive off-road driving school.

The race boasts the national airline carrier, Etihad Airways, as its sponsor. The race weather will be less extreme than the track itself, with temperatures usually expected to be around 27° C in the middle of the day. However, with fully covered grandstands, shade is plentiful, with the race running into the cool night.

Introduction Circuit details  |  Transportation  |  Accommodation Results