Tickets are now on sale for the 10th anniversary of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with fantastic packages to take advantage of.
Incorporating the theme of ‘Swipe Up’, this year’s event which will run between November 23 to 25, will provide local, regional and international fans with all new layers and added value at the #AbuDhabiGP, providing more choice than ever before.
For the first time, Yas Marina Circuit will offer ticket buyers the choice of booking their preferred seats in one of the five available Grandstands when buying online. This allows fans, families and entertainment seekers to pre-select their favourite seating options across the incredible array of ticket packages for the race.
To help guests celebrate in style for 2018, the circuit has upgraded and revitalised its hospitality products, with totally new ticket options across a range of categories available.
New for the anniversary, the one-day Paddock Club ticket has been created. Available for Dh3,450 the new Friday-only ticket package provides race goers with the ultimate experience and includes exclusive Paddock access, premium food and beverage options, plus the popular Thursday and Friday night After-Race Concerts.
And visitors can book the new Terrace Hospitality packages in Main Grandstand with views of Turn 1 or North Grandstand, overlooking the hairpin and enjoy upscale hospitality located at the ends of each Grandstand.
Families can also celebrate as organisers confirm that last year’s popular ‘Kids Go Free’ package will return in 2018, providing additional flexibility and value.
With each three-day adult Grandstand ticket purchased, ‘Kids Go Free’. Up to four children under 12 will get free Friday entry to that Grandstand, as well as enjoying free access to the three Yas Island parks.
Discounts are available until May 31.
For more information on ticket packages, visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com.
The CEO of Yas Marina Circuit has ignored Lewis Hamilton’s plea to make changes to the track design for now, but insists organisers behind Abu Dhabi’s Formula One race are looking at ‘options to deliver a better event’ in the future.
Mercedes driver Hamilton expressed his concern after struggling to overtake team-mate and eventual winner Valtteri Bottas in November’s season-finale in the UAE.
“If there’s any way we can improve this track to enable us to have these battles, you’ve got these long straights where you can’t even get close enough to utilise them,” said the four-time world champion after the season-finale in which the top eight in that race finished in the same order as their qualifying positions.
“If there’s some way where we can enable us to be able to remain closer in that third sector, I think this will go up in the rankings of a great circuit.”
“There are no changes to the track but we are always investigating options to deliver a better event,” he said. “If we are ready to enhance the track and improve the racing elements, trust me, we will work on it. But we will announce once we have a solution that is fit for purpose and meets the objective.”
Just 12 months ago on that very same track, Hamilton had intentionally slowed down while at the front of the grid, to bunch up the cars and try and prevent his team-mate Nico Rosberg from winning the championship title.
It didn’t work, but needless to say it had brought to an end a difficult 2016 season for Hamilton, where tensions rose between him and Rosberg, forcing their Mercedes team to navigate tricky incidents all year.
Hamilton’s relationship with this year’s team-mate, Bottas, appears to be far less contentious. But the more Bottas wins – he has claimed three grands prix in 2017 – the fiercer the competition will get between them.
Team principal Toto Wolff believes a strong rivalry is not something Mercedes should shy away from and that tension is not always a bad thing.
“I don’t think we need to avoid the stressful situation, we need to acknowledge that if two team-mates can fight for the race wins and the championship that this will be a rivalry,” Wolff told reporters in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
“We’re not trying to build a new family here, we want to be the most effective racing team and an effective racing team needs stress, needs tension, needs disruption as much as it needs calmness and a positive attitude and mindset. But like everywhere in life you want to have a mix of both, probably that’s the recipe to success.”
Still, there’s no doubt that life for Wolff and the Mercedes camp is much better when things are running smoothly with Hamilton, who secured his fourth World Championship title with two races to spare, earlier this month.
Wolff believes Hamilton has evolved in many ways and has become more “secure” in 2017.
“I think he made it into Formula One with great talent, ambition and hard work,” explained Wolff. “And through the five years he’s been with us he has developed as a human being every year.
“And after the rough ride we had last year he’s come back very strong, very round, very secure into the 2017 season. This is the main difference I’ve seen and has made him perform in an outstanding way.”
Hamilton brushed off the suggestion that he was ever an “insecure” person, but acknowledged that a stronger commitment from the team this year has paved the way for him to perform better.
“I don’t know how it is for you guys, but for me I think each year I’m growing and my understanding of life, of decisions you make, of ways you engage with people, all these certain things, I would definitely think that over these last years, my confidence has grown in terms of my approach in how I go about my business,” said the 32-year-old Hamilton.
“I wouldn’t say I feel any more secure this year, I’m not particularly an insecure person, I wouldn’t say that’s been an issue in the past. But I would say that a positive has been the reassurance of the team’s commitment to me into this season, starting off with Toto then transcending down.
“The positive response I’ve had from the team in terms of how I’ve engaged with them this year I think has been a fundamental positive in getting the results we’ve had. So I’m really really excited to continue the journey with the team and continue to improve on that working aspect.”
Thank you to the team for all your hard work. It’s an honour being a part of this team with you. Thank you to all the fans across the world, I love you all. It’s been an awesome season and I can’t wait until the lights go out in 2018! #Blessed #Champions #F1 @MercedesAMGF1📸 @F1 pic.twitter.com/wSKtXDr1Ka
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) November 26, 2017
With the 2017 season coming to a close, Mercedes and Hamilton can now start discussing the Brit’s contract, which expires at the end of 2018.
The Silver Arrows will be keen to keep Hamilton away from the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull, and are likely to offer him a huge sum to make that happen.
“We’re going to start this discussion now,” said Wolff.
“I think it’s pretty obvious that we are the team of choice for Lewis and Lewis is the driver of choice for us. We performed well this year together and I think we would want to continue for a few more years.”
Wolff also dismissed the suggestion that Hamilton once again got distracted after securing the world title, just like he did in 2015.
This month, Hamilton finished fourth in Brazil and second in Abu Dhabi after knowing that he won the championship. In 2015, he won the title at the US Grand Prix and went winless in his last three races of the season. He was accused at the time of losing his focus.
Wolff doesn’t believe that’s the case this time around.
“No I don’t think so. He’s somebody that is very diligent and is progressing and I don’t think 2015 has happened,” said the Austrian boss.
“He had an accident in qualifying after he won the championship and where that came from? I don’t know.
“These guys are pushing the cars to the limit and he didn’t make a mistake or put a foot wrong all season and it happened in Interlagos and I’d rather it happened after he won the championship than before. And here he looked very good in qualifying but Valtteri put it all together and I think you just have to acknowledge that this was Valtteri’s weekend.”
Hamilton admits he expended some energy on celebrating his fourth title post-Mexico but is not worried about his results in his last two races.
“No, there’s zero concern. I think it’s clear that something happens once you’ve won the championship,” said Hamilton.
“All I can say is the week after that I won the championship I partied a lot, with my family, celebrating, and that’s what you do.
“I can tell you that before the other races that was not the case. So sleep, energy has definitely been different on these last couple of races. Nonetheless I still tried to approach them the same, but if you don’t prepare the same, you do worse.
“So I’m not worried about that and next year we go back to how it was in the second half of the season.”