F1 FANS OUT IN FULL FORCE AT YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
Over 6000 fans enjoy Yas Marina Circuit’s popular Pit Lane Walk
· She said YAS! Yas Marina Circuit sees first Pit Lane marriage proposal
· F1 Autograph sessions attract fans from far and wide
· F1 and Support Race action kicks off tomorrow
Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit (Thursday 31 October, 2013) – With one day until the official start of the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX, F1 fans were out in full force today as Yas Marina Circuit opened its gates to 2013 ticket holders.
With a record crowd of 55,000 expected for the sold-out race weekend, the Pit Lane Walk drew over 6000 fans who turned up to get a behind-the-scenes look at F1 teams’ preparations for the weekend ahead. Along with excitement, love was also in the air with one F1 fan dropping on bended knee to propose to his girlfriend.
Now in its fifth year, this year’s FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX will be the most international to date with over 40% of non-UAE residents in attendance. Two such fans making the journey to Abu Dhabi for the F1 weekend were Ruth and Tony Oliver who made the trip from their home in Ireland. The couple had first visited Yas Marina Circuit for the inaugural Grand Prix in 2009 and had now returned for the fifth anniversary: “Yas Marina Circuit is amazing, from the facilities to the staff, everything is great,” commented Tony.
“Sunday is my birthday and as I’m a big Mark Webber fan it would be great to see him on the podium,” added Ruth.
Also down at the public Pit Lane Walk, enjoying a turbocharged school outing, was a group of students from Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Secondary School. For most of them it was their first time at Yas Marina Circuit.
“I love Formula 1, it’s the best sport in the world,” said 14 year-old Anas Mohammed, from Egypt. “I want to see Sebastian Vettel and I want to see Mark Webber win in his final season.”
Fans were also given the opportunity today to meet F1 teams Scuderia Ferrari and Mercedes AMG Petronas at two of the first F1 driver autograph sessions of the weekend.
Elsewhere at Yas Marina Circuit, fans also took a first look today at the expanded off-track entertainment programme in the Oasis Areas of the Circuit which, this year includes themed areas such as the South Beach Oasis and the F1 Village.
With fans taking in an array of off-track entertainment today, tomorrow will see the kick-off of on-track action with the first F1 practice session as well as practice sessions for support races GP2, GP3 and Porsche Mobil Supercup.
About Yas Marina Circuit:
Yas Marina Circuit is the United Arab Emirates’ most exciting sporting and entertainment venue. Located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the circuit is the home of the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With motorsport as its pulse and an extensive year-round programme of professional and grassroots motorsport events and experiences like Drag and Track Nights, the circuit has also emerged as a thriving hub of entertainment and community events in the UAE. As the region’s most dynamic and technologically advanced facility, the circuit is also a leading MICE venue, regularly hosting a diverse range of corporate meetings, conferences and events. Whether you want to experience the thrill of karting, driving an Aston Martin GT4 over 200km/hour on an F1 circuit, work towards your racing license at the Yas Racing School, get fit at Train Yas, or simply catch up with friends over burgers and shakes at Yas Central, there's something for everyone at Yas Marina Circuit.