There is probably no sport on earth more exhilarating to watch than a Formula 1 race. Each circuit has its own unique features, and the Abu Dhabi circuit is no different.
Abu Dhabi’s inaugural race took place in 2009 as the final race on the F1 schedule. In its second year, 2010, there were still four drivers in contention for the World Championship coming into this last race of the season.
In 2011, Sebastian Vettel, who had been leading the championship all year, was forced into his only retirement of the season with a puncture shortly after the first corner.
2014 saw the unusual introduction of double points being awarded at the last race of the season at Yas Marina. This gave Nico Rosberg the opportunity to catch leader Lewis Hamilton and make the race one of the most exciting of the season, but it was not meant to be and Rosberg was forced to retire.
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The Yas Marina circuit is the only one on the F1 schedule to have covers over all its grandstands to protect spectators from the desert heat. Of course, if you’re going a little more upmarket and have secured a place in the F1 Paddock Club Abu Dhabi, you will also have the benefit of air conditioning.
The course is the only one on the schedule where the pit lane exits through a tunnel. It also boasts the longest straight section of any course, giving drivers a great opportunity to try out their overtaking manoeuvres.
Construction took two years, including creating the man-made island on which the course stands, more than 30 million man hours, and 14,000 contractors and staff.
After the sun goes down
The party atmosphere continues long after the race finishes, with live music and celebrity appearances happening after the sun goes down.
According to the Dubai Chronicle, this year’s star-studded entertainment line-up will include Craig David.
If you’re lucky enough to be attending the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, there is certainly plenty to soak up aside from the racing itself.