F1 FANS GIVEN OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFE TIME TO MEET F1 HEROES
Alonso, Massa, Schumacher, and Rosberg to sign autographs in the F1 Village during Thursday’s Pit Lane Walk
Abu Dhabi, 7th November 2011 – During Thursday’s pre-event Pit Lane Walk, 3-day ticket holders for this year’s Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Grand Prix will not only be given the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the team garages, they will also get the opportunity to meet some of the championship’s leading drivers.
From the Scuderia Ferrari team, two-time world champion Fernando Alonso and 2008 runner-up Felipe Massa will be signing autographs in the F1 Village behind the Main Grandstand from 2-2:20pm.
Following this session, seven-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher and fellow Mercedes GP Petronas driver, Nico Rosberg, will be signing autographs from 3-3:20pm.
“We cannot wait to open the gates for this year’s Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the Pit Lane Walk is a great way to kick-off the festivities at the circuit,” said Mark Hughes, Director of Operations at Yas Marina Circuit. “The pit walk gives race-goers the chance to see how much work goes into preparing the cars. And, it is far from every day that you get the opportunity to meet such legends as Schumacher and Alonso.”
Yas Marina Circuit’s gates will open at 12pm on Thursday and the Pit Lane Walk will commence at 2pm. In addition, Circuit TV will broadcast live between 2:30pm and 3:15pm, with F1 pundits Mika Salo and Maurice Hamilton providing insight into this year’s race.
Further autograph sessions with F1 drivers will take place daily in the F1 Village, located in the Main Oasis Area. All session are subject to change, an updated schedule of times and teams will be available daily at www.yasmarinacircuit.ae.
Current Confirmed Autograph Session Schedule:
Thursday 10th November Teams
14.00 - 14.20 SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO
15.00 - 15.20 MERCEDES GP PETRONAS F1 TEAM
Friday 11th November
11.10 -11.30 REDBULL RACING
15.25 - 15.45 LOTUS RENAULT F1 TEAM (LRGP)
Saturday 12th November
12.30 - 12.50 SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO
13.10 - 13.30 VODAFONE MCLAREN MERCEDES
Sunday 13th November
13.05 - 13.25 TEAM LOTUS
About Yas Marina Circuit:
Yas Marina Circuit is one of the most technologically advanced motor racing facilities ever developed. Located on Yas Island, the circuit debuted on October 30, 2009 with the final race of the FIA Formula One World Championship - the inaugural Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to a capacity crowd of around 50,000. Year round, Yas Marina Circuit hosts an extensive programme of leading international and national motorsport racing series as well as major entertainment events and corporate activities. Supplementary facilities include the Yas Drag Racing Centre, the Yas Racing School and the Yas Kartzone.