Formula 1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

D and I decided when we first moved to Abu Dhabi that we were definitely going to buy tickets for the 2016 Abu Dhabi GP final at Yas Marina Circuit.  Having both followed Formula One in the nineties and early noughties we thought it would be a fun thing to do once in our lives.  We bought three day tickets which entitled us entry not only for Friday, Saturday and Sunday (race day) and all after race concerts,  but also to do the pitlane walk on Thursday and after party concert on Thursday night at Du arena which was Pitbull.

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Thursday: Myself and a friend got a taxi out to Yas Marina Circuit (D was working),  we left it pretty late in the afternoon to go to try and avoid queues, thankfully there were none when we got there and we were directed to a shuttle bus and told where to go for the pitlane walk.

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When we first entered Yas Marina Circuit the F1 village is set up with loads of promotional stands, merchandise shops, restaurants, bars, a stage with live music and lots of activities for kids.  We didn’t spend much time here on Thursday as we were keen to get on the track!

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The pitlane walk was so exciting,  you are allowed to walk along the track and into the pitlane where there are demonstrations from the teams on changing tyres.  Its amazing to see them do it  in real life and to see how quick they work!

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Three days tickets also allowed us to go to a practice session on Friday and the after race concert at Du which was The Chemical Brothers but we decided to get some rest and save ourselves for Saturday and Sunday.

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Saturday: We were invited by friends to watch Saturdays practice race at a table in the Viceroy Hotel.  The Viceroy sits on top of the formula one tack and is the perfect place to watch the race.  Its unbelievable how close you are to the action!  To watch a video of the race from the Viceroy click here for my instagram .

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Race day:  On Sunday we went to Abu Dhabi hill to watch the race.  This is a standing area with large screens where you can watch the action up close.  From the hill you can see the longest straight in the track and also two corners.  The atmosphere was great and the crowd was a mixture of people from all over the world all supporting different teams and drivers.

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There was an amazing flyover with the red arrows before the start of the race and that got things officially kicked off.

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It was an exciting 55 laps as Lewis Hamilton tried to hold off Nico Rosberg from winning the World Championship but in the end Lewis won the Abu Dhabi GP in 1st position and in 2nd position Nico Rosberg won the World Championship.  So much for it being a once in a lifetime experience for myself and D, after this we can’t wait for next season to start and will definitely be going to watch it again next November!

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