So you’re going to the 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but what can you expect and how can you prepare for the experience?
It’s the most exciting time of the year to be in the capital where thousands of fans flock to Yas Island from around the world to be a part of the action.
If you’ve got tickets and you’re heading to Yas Marina Circuit to see the final race of the 2017 Formula 1 series, remember to prepare ahead of your visit and not let the excitement get the better of you.
We might be telling you something you already know, but Yas Island will be buzzing with activity over the Formula 1 weekend so you need to leave yourself enough time to get there.
For a stress-free experience, drivers can take advantage of the park and ride system, meaning you can park your car in the designated car park and take a bus to the track. Just remember to have your parking permit in the windshield or you won’t be allowed access. Passes are available to ticketholders who purchased three or more tickets, so if you don’t already have one you’ll have to try and make use of the paid parking at the circuit, but spaces are limited.
Taking a taxi is another option if you’re not keen on driving but you may have to wait a little longer than usual to get a ride, especially when leaving the island at the end of each day when queues can get lengthy. Alternatively, book a ride with Careem, the local ride hailing app.
Yas Marina Circuit will see tens of thousands of visitors take to the stands for the action with crowds reaching their largest numbers on race day, naturally.
Each stand provides a different experience of the action and you can enjoy spotting the best in the world flying round the track as the sun sets over the capital.
After the race is over, ticketholders in the main grandstand can watch as the top three finishing drivers take to the podium to celebrate the end of the event and the season as a whole.
But there’s more to the weekend than the on-track action. Three-day ticketholders can watch practice and qualifying rounds before the championship race on Sunday, as well as the Pit Lane Walk on Thursday.
Away from the track, ticketholders who purchased GP Parks Pass tickets can also access Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld theme parks.
In addition, all ticketholders can access the family-friendly Formula 1 Village while two- and three-day ticketholders can enjoy free entry to the Yasalam after-race concerts at du Arena, located next to the circuit, featuring Calvin Harris, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford and Sons and P!nk (more on p26).
Enhancing the experience
Now you don’t have to be a petrolhead to enjoy the big race and if you don’t have the first clue about Formula 1, the drivers, standings or what’s going on in front of your eyes, there are a few ways to get involved.
Before heading to the track you can download the YasHUB app, available on Apple and Android devices, which features race timings, a map and information on everything to do with Yas Island.
If you want more insight into the race, who’s doing what and how it’s unfolding, the hashtag #AbuDhabiGP on Twitter and Instagram sees millions of posts shared about the race from viewers all around the world from the insightful to the ridiculous, but it’s all part of the buzz around the event.
Before you leave the house, remember to bring…
- Earplugs: It gets noisy, seriously
- Tickets: To get in, obviously
- Parking pass: If you’ve got one as part of your race pack, stick it to your windshield
- Suncreen: So you don’t burn
- Sunglasses: So you can see
- Phone charging bank: You’ll probably drain your battery with all those Instagram posts and selfies
Need to know:
For more information on Yas Marina Circuit, contact: 02 659 9800,
You can also follow the action on social media on Facebook
with @yasmarinacircuit and @ymofficial on Instagram and Twitter.