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Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: All you need to know

The racing grandeur expects to attract 60,000 people

The 2015 edition of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take place from November 27 to 29, and is expected to bring large crowds to UAE’s capital.

“The 2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is upon us and we are obviously delighted to be well on course for yet another sell-out weekend,” said Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit.

Expecting to attract 60,000 people, the three-day racing event has been named the most familiar among the world sport events hosted by the UAE in a recent YouGov survey.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which has been held at Yas Marina Circuit since 2009, is also the event with the highest level of attendance among UAE respondents.

According to a statement by Al Bateen Executive Airport, they are expecting a 20 per cent increase in aviation traffic this year from that of the same period in 2014, which had 200 aircraft movements, as a result of the annual event.

“We are very excited to welcome thousands of travellers for the finale to the Formula 1 season,” says Ahmed Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports.

The money

According to Forbes, the average Formula One team is worth $494 million, up from $337 million in 2012, with Ferrari listed as the most valuable team, worth $1.4 billion, followed by McLaren at $810 million, Red Bull at $640 million and Mercedes at $560 million, last year.

The business title continues to explain that formula 1 had overall total revenue of $3.8 billion in 2013, with commercial rights of $2 billion and racing team sponsorship of $1.8 billion.

The racers

From British Lewis Hamilton to German Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel, the energy-filled event will welcome some of the biggest racers of all time.

Check out the full list of the 21 racers below:


“The Yas Marina Circuit really is a stunning place to hold the season-ending Grand Prix. It’s actually a really challenging circuit,” explains Lewis Hamilton, in a statement.

Meanwhile, Daniel Ricciardo said: “I think starting in the sun and ending in the dark is pretty cool. Actually I think the whole atmosphere of the weekend is pretty cool. Lots of Aussies makes the trip, lots of Europeans and there’s a really good multicultural scene. Lots of boat parties in the marina, lots of fun. I do like Abu Dhabi!”

The race

With the 2015 season starting in Melbourne, Australia, in March, the finale is set to take place on Sunday, November 29.

The last race took place on November 15 in Brazil, where podium results were:


But who will win this time?

With a lap distance of 5.554km, and a total race distance of 305.355km (55 laps), according to Reuters, this will be no turtle race.

Although Lewis Hamilton from the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team went home with the trophy last year, Nico Rosberg showed his skills at the previous race in Brazil.

On the other hand, Sebastian Vettel made the top race lap record of 1:40.279, in 2009, and with three races under his belt for Ferrari this season, who knows that the four-time world champion could do in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

But if we think outside of the box, according to Reuters, McLaren have not won for 56 races, a run that dates back to Brazil 2012, so could this be planning their big come back?

Only time will tell.

The venue

Located on Yas Island, the Yas Marina Circuit will host the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix once again. To learn all about the venue, check out our infographic below.


 This article first appeared on AMEinfo’s sister publication kippreport