The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is likely one of the hottest races on the F1 Calendar ( additionally being the primary nightfall race ).
Designed by the legendary circuit designer Hermann Tilke, it has been the season-ending race ( however for 3 years ) with Lewis Hamilton being probably the most profitable driver right here.
Who can overlook the nail-biting end in 2010, when Fernando Alonso did not overtake Vitaly Petrov which let Sebastian Vettel win his maiden Championship or the Drama that unfolded between Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg in 2014 and 2016 when the title battle went proper right down to the wire!
Who can overlook Kimi Raikkonen’s win on the circuit in 2012 ( after his return to F1 ) which featured these well-known radio communications: “Simply go away me alone, I do know what I’m doing” & “Sure Sure Sure I’m doing it on a regular basis, you do not have to remind me each 10 seconds!” or these horrendous crashes between Rosberg & Karthikeyan in 2012 and Hulkenberg & Grosjean in 2018.
The circuit can also be a venue for goodbyes..be it for Drivers leaving a crew or F1 personnel switching to a different employer or taking retirement from the game altogether. It’s also the place when everybody needs one another a restful winter break and drivers make a resolve to return stronger for the following season.
I nonetheless bear in mind these weekends of 2013 and 2018, the 2 events on which I used to be current on the observe.
My expertise from 2018 is shared right here :
The Circuit Format :
Official Web site :
The Circuit is situated on Yas Island, a 30-minute drive from Abu Dhabi metropolis centre. It’s simply accessible from Dubai as nicely. There are a number of exits providing entry to the island from the freeway connecting Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The island is dwelling to a number of resorts, a water park and the enduring Ferrari World! Its a spot bustling with exercise everywhere in the weekend and sees a whole lot of guests on regular days as nicely! The island, built-in 2006 has infused a significant increase to an already thriving financial system of the nation. Etihad Airways, the nationwide provider of UAE is the title sponsor for the race.
Closest Airports :
Abu Dhabi Worldwide Airport ( AUH ) is the closest airport to the circuit and one of many greatest worldwide hubs within the Center East providing connections to all elements of the world! Its additionally dwelling to the Nationwide provider of the UAE Etihad Airways.
Dubai Worldwide Airport ( DXB ) which is lower than 100 km from Yas Island can’t be discounted both. Residence to one of many largest airways on this planet, Emirates, its the busiest airport within the Center East ( and fifth on this planet ). All of the airways of the world fly to Dubai. It’s also a significant hub for Emirates’ Codeshare accomplice Qantas Airways.
Emirates is the airline of alternative for me – wonderful connections worldwide, a contemporary fleet of plane & implausible companies onboard. Emirates owned Low-Price Provider FlyDubai which presents connections to Africa, Central Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and a few elements of Europe additionally has Dubai as its hub of operations.
My Emirates Flight Expertise ( newest ) from Mumbai to Dubai is shared right here :
The place to Keep :
There are a whole lot of choices over a race weekend. If funds just isn’t a difficulty, then its greatest to go for a Resort on Yas Island. There’s at all times a premium to be paid over the weekend, most of them non-refundable charges. These with even deeper pockets can keep on the distinctive Yas Viceroy Resort which is throughout the circuit, overlooking a whole lot of sections of the observe! There are additionally just a few Airbnb residences within the neighborhood of the Island however they have a tendency to promote out rapidly.
Abu Dhabi has a whole lot of resorts from funds to serviced residences to ultra-luxury lodging and its greatest to remain close to town centre which presents a number of choices for a commute to the Island. The resorts within the metropolis cost a premium over the weekend as nicely.
Airbnb lodging is on the market as nicely. A lot of the charges are non-refundable.
Dubai is one other excellent place to remain ( my metropolis of alternative ) with choices for all pockets and costs comparatively cheaper ( no premium charged ) to these in Abu Dhabi. Nonetheless, one have to be ready for a 90-minute commute to the circuit every approach ( which may be costly in a taxi ).
There is no such thing as a tenting facility on the observe.
Circuit Entry :
The Circuit is nicely related by street, sea and even air! There are a number of entry factors into the circuit and kudos to the Race Organizers for doing a high job yearly.
Taxis are plentiful on the circuit and the popular mode of transport for many! There’s additionally Uber on supply however with surge pricing, flagging down a taxi tends to be cheaper. VIP Visitors could make their option to the Yas Viceroy Resort Entrance after which stroll right down to a water taxi which takes the company throughout to a Paddock Membership / Paddock Entry gate, the journey from the Resort to the Entry Gate takes about 20 minutes.
Most resorts on the Yas Island supply free circuit shuttles to the principle circuit entrance, so one can make the most of these shuttles if they’ve mates staying on the island. There’s one other entry by way of Ferrari World, one can stroll or hop onto a circuit shuttle to enter the circuit.
Do be aware that there may be lengthy queues each night submit the classes/live shows so it is sensible to make use of the circuit shuttle to go additional away from the circuit to take cabs again to town.
I keep in Dubai and use a taxi service to one of many Yas Island Resorts the place my mates keep over the weekend ( the commute from Dubai takes about 90 minutes ). We then use a Complimentary Shuttle offered by the Resort which drops us on the Predominant Entrance, it’s a quick stroll to the Paddock Membership from thereon ( utilizing tunnel entry underneath the circuit ).
Those that select a automobile rent should buy trackside parking ( which is proscribed in quantity ) or park on the Yas Mall and get on a circuit shuttle from there. There are a number of automobile rent choices at each airports and cities.
Buses are the most affordable mode of transport for the weekend. Bus Quantity 190 runs from Abu Dhabi Bus Station ( subsequent to Al Wahda Mall ) to Yas Island. If travelling from Dubai one should use a service from Al Ghubaiba Bus Station to Abu Dhabi after which hop on to the 190 to Yas Island. The commute to Yas Island from Abu Dhabi Bus Station takes about 40 minutes with buses each 20 minutes.
There are a number of complementary shuttle buses on Yas Island which connects resorts to numerous sights, resorts, malls and the assorted grandstands.
The primary shuttles are the Circuit Round Shuttle and the Yas Courtesy Shuttle. The previous runs round Yas Island and thru the Yas Marina Circuit. The latter runs throughout the circuit premises and is on the market for any ticket holder all through the weekend. Different shuttle companies are the Pit Lane Stroll Shuttle, Paddock Membership Shuttle and Yas Suite Shuttle.
Particulars in regards to the Varied Shuttle Buses are shared right here :
There’s additionally one other service known as the Yas Specific, a shuttle that will get you round Yas Island.
Extra Particulars shared right here :
These buses are likely to get jam-packed within the evenings because the followers make their option to the live performance enviornment ( or their approach dwelling ). It’s advisable to stroll ( if the gap is not too lengthy ) underneath such circumstances.
Excessive fliers even have the choice to ebook Helicopter Transfers, backward and forward from the circuit!
F1 Village, Fan Zones :
The F1 Village, located behind the Predominant Grandstand is likely one of the greatest on the F1 calendar. There are numerous merchandising and meals retailers together with just a few shops promoting Official Circuit Merchandise as nicely. The Official F1 Retailer is nicely stocked and one of many largest.
There are makeshift levels for performances by native artists all through the day, Circuit Mascots strutting their stuff with volunteers distributing circuit guides, Race Programmes & Protecting Headsets. Present vehicles on show by firms like McLaren, Renault and Mercedes make this village a must-visit!
Competitions similar to the Pit Cease Problem, Batak Problem and the Simulator faceoff run all through the weekend. The winner of the Simulator competitors over Friday and Saturday wins couple passes for the Paddock Membership for Sunday.
There are smaller merchandising and meals retailers unfold over different elements of the circuit as nicely. Meals choices are restricted however fairly priced.
Fan Experiences :
3 Day ticket holders are eligible for Pit Lane Walks on Thursdays. VIP Visitors, Paddock Membership Visitors and Celebrities should buy a Pirelli Sizzling Laps Expertise ( pricing depending on the kind of automobile and the day ).
There are live shows on all days i.e. Thursday to Sunday. These are free with a legitimate race ticket for the day however followers want to gather a wristband from the Oasis space for entry to the live performance. It’s a each day train for these planning to be in any respect the live shows!
F1 Experiences, the official hospitality accomplice of the game presents followers nice upgrades to their current tickets, from single day Paddock Membership passes to guided Paddock Excursions, guided Observe Truck Excursions, guided Podium Visits and Photograph-op with the Race Successful Trophy!
The “YasHub” app ( accessible on iOS & Android ) retains followers updated with all that’s occurring over the weekend.
It is suggested carrying hats or caps and lightweight clothes ( in adherence to the legal guidelines of the land ) since it will probably get fairly sizzling in the course of the day.
Followers can not deliver any meals or drink to the circuit and one have to be ready to be screened totally on the circuit entrance gates.
The Circuit additionally presents guided excursions ( on regular days ), go-karting experiences, observe days in Components vehicles or different supercars! Particulars can be found on their official web site.
Yas Island itself is a must-visit for any traveller to the UAE. The Island is dwelling to three world-class parks – the Ferrari World, an indoor theme park run by the Italian model with its well-known Prancing Horse emblem on the roof and is located subsequent to the observe. The crew additionally runs a particular exercise on Thursday, so followers on the park can get a glimpse of the Ferrari F1 Drivers; the Yas Waterworld, an enormous waterpark and the island’s latest addition Warner Bros World which is a theme park dedicated to the characters of Looney Toons, DC Comics and Hannah-Barbera.
Guests should buy 2 days-2 parks or 3 days- 3 parks tickets.
The Marina itself is price a go to; one can take pleasure in stunning sunsets whereas wining and eating at a number of the best eating places and cafes dotting the marina. Its additionally dwelling to many Luxurious yachts, a few of that are venues for events on a race weekend.
The Yas Marina Circuit leaves an enduring impression. It presents a lot greater than only a regular F1 Race Weekend. I fee this circuit greater than the one in Singapore.
The island is sort of a metropolis in itself and one can simply spend greater than per week exploring all that it has to supply. I’m satisfied that this circuit might be part of the F1 circus for a lot of extra years to return! Time to attract up plans for one more go to this 12 months!