The 2014 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be the biggest yet after organisers announced an increase in capacity at the Yas Marina Circuit to 60,000 for the season-ending race.
Last year’s race saw 55,000 descend on Yas Island, but that figure is set to be beaten this November with the Abu Dhabi hill expanded by 3,000 fans while their will be an extra 1,500 tickets available for the Paddock Club.
Among other initiatives announced this morning include a new ‘GP Parks Package’ which will give ticket holders access to all four days of the event and entry to either Ferrari World or Yas Waterworld.
For the first time, motorsport fans will also be able to purchase Friday-only Grandstand tickets.
Tickets for the race weekend, which will take place from November 20 to 23 and form the final race of the 2014 F1 season went on sale today online at www.yasmarinacircuit.com and through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre (800 927) as well as through all Etihad Shops and www.ticketmaster.ae.
Prices have been frozen at 2013 levels for 2014 with the early bird discount, available until May 31, increased to 30 per cent.
For overseas visitors Etihad Airways is also offering a number of all-inclusive packages, consisting of grandstand tickets, flights, hotel accommodation and more, which can be booked on the Etihad Airways website (www.etihad.com) and retail outlets.
Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO at Yas Marina Circuit, said: “Every year we strive to make this showpiece event better and offer more to the fans. We are constantly responding to what people want and this year we’re launching even more ticketing options and specially-created packages that really mean there is something for everyone.
“With an expected capacity crowd of 60,000, more fun activities for fans and double points for the final race – which means more exciting on-track action than ever – the atmosphere promises to be tremendous.”
The 2013 race was won by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who clinched the world title at the Yas Marina Circuit.
The 2014 edition – the last race of the season – is sure to provide added drama after it was announced in the off-season that double points would be on offer for the winning driver.