Abu Dhabi’s world-class F1 racetrack

The Yas Marina Circuit is the world-class venue for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which was held for the first time in 2009, and is as good a reason as any to look at the range of apartments Abu Dhabi has to offer.

The circuit is next door to the iconic Yas Hotel, a luxury marina, a yacht club, the Yas Island golf links, six other hotels and the recently opened Ferrari World indoor theme park. It also has great transport links, being close to the international airport and only 25 minutes away from the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi, which is one of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations.

The Formula One track is 5.55km long and can be split into two smaller 3.1km and 2.4km tracks, which can be operated at the same time if needed. It has a capacity of approximately 50,000 spectators within comfortable, permanent and covered grandstands. In fact, it is the only race circuit in the world where every one of its grandstands is covered.

The circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke, a German architect who has designed a range of other world-class F1 racetracks in Malaysia, Bahrain, China and Turkey. The circuit resembles an Arabian Monaco and has twenty-one corners that weave through the island and its sand dunes. It has several tight corners and long straights.

The circuit has several potential overtaking spots. The part of the track from Turn 2 to Turn 5 is a good place to overtake, as a car which has good speed out of Turn 4 could get alongside a fellow driver. Coming out of Turn 7, one of the Formula One calendar’s longest straights comes to an end with a heavy braking chicane at Turn 8. Finally, there is also potential to overtake on the long curve down to Turn 11.

The Main Grandstand can accommodate almost 7,000 spectators and is opposite the Pit Building, which has 40 garages for teams and officials in addition to exclusive hospitality facilities. There are spectacular views for those spectating from the West Grandstand positioned above the run-off area at the tight turn at the end of the long straight, while an arena atmosphere can be enjoyed by spectators in the North Grandstand at the hairpin. Finally, those in the South Grandstand can enjoy a stunning panorama looking out over the Yas Hotel, the Marina and the Yacht Club, which is surely one of motorsport’s must-see sights.

The best way to see the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is to rent an apartment. Apartments Abu Dhabi from Sorouh can help you out here. Check online.

Rebecca Wheeler

Rebecca Wheeler

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