Public walk pit lane ahead of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Yas Marina Circuit releases latest ticket news

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The pit lane walk on Thursday saw a massive turnout amongst fans.

As Abu Dhabi prepares to close out yet another exciting season of racing that will again see Lewis Hamilton collect his World Championship trophy at Yas Marina Circuit, fans of the sport were given an inside look at this year’s teams fine tuning their cars on Thursday ahead of the on-track action.

Kicking off ‘Super Thursday’, the public queued to enjoy the perennially popular Public Pit Lane Walk at the Circuit before the 2017 Formula One finale gets underway.

Opening the pit lane to the public enabled F1 fans from across the globe to witness their favourite teams and drivers preparing for the final race in the 2017 calendar.

Wearing a streaky, fiery red wig, Anthony Hvala, president of the Scuderia Ferrari Club Melbourne, stood out amid the buzz and excitement in the pit lane.

“This is my second time in Abu Dhabi, I love coming here. My first time was in 2012 and I wore the wig then as well. It goes around the world with me. I’ve been going to Grands Prix since 1996.

Anthoy Hvala stood out amidst the buzz in the pit lane.

Anthoy Hvala stood out amidst the buzz in the pit lane.

“I love this venue. It’s purpose-built for a day-night race. If I could come here every year for the Grand Prix I would.

“I’ve met the drivers many times over the years, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikonen, and previously Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. I was also lucky enough to meet Michael Schumacher once in 2012 at Melbourne, which was his last year in Formula OneTM – that was a dream come true.”

“I won a competition with Ferrari in 2014 and after that Ferrari asked me to set-up a fan club in Melbourne, and we’re now officially supported by the team and they’ve been great.”

For the first time ever, race goers to Yas Marina Circuit got the chance to purchase a Yas Hot Lap around the iconic F1 Circuit in either a Jaguar F-TYPE or a Radical SST, driven by a racing professional. The all-new experiences proved very popular with fans at Super Thursday.

Organisers advised a limited number of one-day Friday Abu Dhabi Hill tickets are still available.

Please visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com, or telephone the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre (800 927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800, or visit Etihad Shops and Virgin Megastores, Yas Central Express stand at Yas Mall. You can also purchase through the YasHUB smartphone app and the Facebook shop: www.facebook.com/yasmarinacircuit

The 2017 edition of the YasHUB app is available to download, allowing visitors to plan every element of their race weekend and stay up-to-date with the latest race news and information.

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Yas Marina Circuit prepares to host F1 season finale, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Sport360 staff 22/11/2017

The engines have fallen silent, pit doors are closed, and the grandstands are empty, but Yas Marina Circuit is anything but quiet.

While motorsports fans eagerly await the start of the season-closing 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the task of making sure the Circuit is ready to host the biggest race of the year is well under way.

To make sure everything is perfect before the arrival of the drivers, 60,000 fans, scores of team officials plus dignitaries, celebrities and media from across the world, an army of cleaners, painters, gardeners and technical experts have descended on Yas Marina Circuit.

Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said: “The Circuit is a hive of activity leading up to the F1. A huge amount of work goes into preparing for the race weekend to make sure the Circuit looks perfect and the fans in the grandstand and those watching on TV around the world enjoy the best F1 experience. “Since our first Grand Prix in 2009 we have been finely tuning our operations. It’s a massive logistical task that is the culmination of 12 months’ meticulous planning.”   Thanks to the wider cars competing in the 2017 F1 Championship, the grid markings on the start/finish line have been removed and replaced with markings that are 200mm wider than previous slots to accommodate them. Teams of motor racing experts and logistics managers direct fleets of transporters carrying everything required for the F2 Series and GP3 Series teams. These competitions, which will provide the F1 champion drivers of tomorrow, will battle it out for podium honours over the weekend.  As the safety of the drivers, teams and spectators is paramount in F1, experts will go over every inch of the Circuit to make sure vital crash barriers are placed correctly and intact, the track is clean and clear and the Circuit’s medical teams and first responders are positioned to deal with any emergency. The logistics of organising the race weekend also extends to catering for tens of thousands of spectators in the grandstands, making sure the small army of customer service staff are on hand and prepared to help visitors enjoy the F1 experience to the fullest and ensuring sure the world’s media are positioned to get the best view of the action on the track for the hundreds of millions watching around the world.   For more information on the #AbuDhabiGP, visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com

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Motorsport's future stars to compete for podium places in F2 and GP3 Championships

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There’s more to the big weekend of motorsports at Yas Marina Circuit than the superstars of F1.

As well as the established household names such as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, the Circuit will also welcome a host of young guns all eager to prove themselves on one of the world’s best race tracks.

Dozens of talented drivers will be gearing up for the F2 and GP3 Series, both of which offer well worn routes to the big time for young racers.

The most recent driver to make the jump from F2 to F1 is young French racer Pierre Gasly, who made his debut at this year’s Malaysian Grand Prix for Toro Rosso.

Pierre Gasly is the latest to make the jump from F2 to F1.

Pierre Gasly is the latest to make the jump from F2 to F1.

A highlight of the F2 season this year has been the emergence of Charles Leclerc, who secured the series championship in the penultimate round.

Leclerc is no stranger to die-hard motorsports fans, having won the GP3 title at Yas Marina Circuit last season, securing his step up to F2. While he already has this year’s drivers’ championship crown in the bag, you can expect Leclerc to put on a show to wrap up his victory in style with yet another win in Abu Dhabi.

In GP3 this year, the highlight has been the battle between Jack Aitken and George Russell, who have swapped pole positions several times over the course of the season.

Like Leclerc, Russell was able to clinch the championship before arriving in Abu Dhabi, however, fans can still look forward to two thrilling finale races with the battle for second still very much on in both categories.

In F2, Oliver Rowland and Artem Markelov will face each other, while Aitken will slug it out with Nirei Fukuzumi in the GP3 contest.

While F2 and GP3 might be lower down motorsport’s pecking order compared to F1Ò, they certainly aren’t poor relations.

With the rules governing both F2 and GP3 stating that all of the cars must have the same chassis, engine, gearbox and tyres, the on-track duels have to be decided by the skills, quick thinking and talents of the young men behind the wheel.

Over the years, drivers in both categories have acquitted themselves well at Yas Marina Circuit, which is one of the more technical tracks on the F1® racing calendar.

The Circuit’s ‘street section’ in the last sector (turns 17-18-19) and its slower corners, sequences and off-camber corners measn it is easy for drivers of all abilities to slip up and make a crucial mistake.

While the F2 and GP3 championships will help get spectators in the mood for a weekend of four-wheeled action, they also give young drivers in the region a valuable look at the skills needed to reach their dreams of F1 stardom.

With the launch of the FIA-accredited Formula 4 UAE Championship at Yas Marina Circuit last year, up-and-coming drivers from across the Middle East now have a stepping stone into GP3 and F2.

Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said: “The F2 and GP3 championships help nurture talented young drivers and give them every chance of making the jump to F1.

“Now, with the second season of the Formula 4 UAE Championship in action at its official home of Yas Marina Circuit, more young drivers from the region have a chance of joining them at the very top of the sport.

“With so many extremely talented drivers on the Circuit over the big race weekend, fans of motorsports are guaranteed to see some incredible action on the track.”

For the full race calendar, download the YasHUB smartphone app from Apple and Android stores.

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