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What to expect at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

 

Marking the grand finale of F1 season, the 2018 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is an annual highlight for motorsports fans and yacht-goers alike. Here’s what you can expect from the iconic racing event. 

Every year, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ensures the F1 racing season goes out with a bang, serving up exhilarating action on the track from some of the biggest names in motorsports.

Whether you're watching from a superyacht or taking a seat in the grandstands, you can expect fast-paced thrills during the day coupled with dazzling events in the evenings. To help you get the most out of your experience, we have created a 2018 run-down of everything you can expect from the event.

Exhilarating races

Two cars rounding a corner of the Yas Marina Racing Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE

This year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will see drivers take to the track for a weekend of races, each comprising of 55 laps around the Yas Marina circuit.

Lewis Hamilton may already have been crowned the victor of the championship, but the remaining 19 competitors are still vying for the second place slot. Currently, it's Max Verstappen, driving for Red Bull, who holds the second place title; but this is subject to change depending on how things play out in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2018 schedule:

  • Friday 23 November: 1pm First practice (90 minutes), 5pm Second practice (90 minutes)
  • Saturday 24 November: 2pm Final practice (60 minutes), 5pm Qualifying (split into three parts over 60 minutes)
  • Sunday 25 November: 5pm Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (55 laps)

Challenging circuit

Aerial view of Yas Marina F1 racing circuit with Abu Dhabi carved into the grass

The Yas Marina Circuit is over 5.5km long, and boasts one of the longest straights of any F1 racing circuit. Along this stretch, cars will reach dizzying speeds of 335 KM/H, before their precision and accuracy is put to the test with sharp turns and hard braking zones. There are 21 turns in total, ensuring drivers are put through their paces.

Designed by Hermann Tilke, the circuit is one of just two in the world which allows the races to be watched from the comfort of a superyacht. Wrapping its way around Yas Marina, superyachts which have secured trackside berths will enjoy the ideal vantage point to watch the cars tear around the circuit.

Additionally, the circuit is the only one in the world to have a hotel built over it, with a portion of the racetrack cutting below the arches of the Yas Viceroy. Those dining at one of the hotel's six restaurants will be put at the heart of action, and can expect unrivalled views over the races.

After-race concerts

Aerial shot of crowds of people watching a concert at the F1 after-race entertainment at Du Arena, Abu Dhabi

As the races draw to a close, attendees can expect an incredible entertainment line-up at the nearby Du Arena. Past acts have included Beyoncé, Calvin Harris and Kylie Minogue, to name a few. This year’s line-up promises to be equally superb, with some of the world’s most talented artists taking centre stage. 

To view the full line-up, check out our article which gives you a complete overview of the after-race entertainment at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Post-race parties

DJ making love heart with hands at crowds attending the after-race entertainment at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F1

As the F1 races draws to a close, Grand Prix attendees will find a lively social scene around the circuit itself. Glamorous yacht parties will host A-list celebrities and high-net-worth individuals, and often intimate performances from international superstars are hosted on board.

Around Yas Marina, various bars and eateries will amp up the party vibes as the sun goes down. Pop-up events will be particularly popular, with DJ sets and live music ensuring the atmosphere is on a high. From cocktails and a show to wild club nights, everyone is sure to find something which suits them.


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