The 2017 FORMULA 1® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP will be hosting the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit.Taking place on the 23, 24, 25, 26 November, the 2017 FORMULA 1® ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX is the Middle East’s biggest international sporting event and the only twilight race on the F1® calendar, which will also host F2 and GP3
The marina will be showcasing an electric atmosphere with a weekend long array of culinary experiences, providing something for everyone from
breakfast and dining throughout the day, to insta-worthy sundowners and glamorous parties into the night. Movers and shakers can expect an unrivalled atmosphere, world-class live entertainment and unmissable track-side views.
Once upon a time, this place was home to desert tribes, pirates, pearl fishers, dromedaries and date sellers. Today, we find skyscrapers, shopping malls, one of the highest incomes per capita in the world – even with the fluctuating price of oil – and, naturally, Yas Marina. Abu Dhabi is one of seven Arab Emirates and the circuit takes it’s name from the island – an artificial one – on which it is built. It is five and a half kilometres in length and boasts 21 corners, half of them crammed into the final sector, which is set against the backdrop of the spectacular Viceroy hotel. At night, it’s even more impressive thanks to its iridescent lighting. The Grand Prix has been on the calendar since 2009 and the organisers insisted on and indeed paid for having it run as the last round of the championship. Indeed, the 2014 edition, “Abu Double” if you will, was famous for being run for double points, with the idea of creating more suspense for the season finale. Like many of Hermann Tilke’s creations, the track runs anti-clockwise and the pit lane exit is pretty unusual. The fact that most of the F1 action takes place in the evening means that the first Friday session, held in the afternoon, runs in completely different conditions to the rest of the weekend. Drivers and engineers have to take this into account when it comes to deciding on car set-up. The track is not particularly conducive to overtaking, even though there are two heavy braking points at the ends of the main straights