This year, the last Formula 1 race will be held at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The ultimate Grand Prix of the season is always the most exciting, prestigious and jam-packed event since it is the time when the final trophies are handed out.
The season’s victors for the drivers’ and constructors’ championship are also finalized and typically awarded at the end of the race. Team celebrations, concerts, and parties take place across various parts of the city as well.
Because of these reasons, if you are planning to catch at least one race this season, make sure to get a premium F1 Abu Dhabi ticket to witness the last GP of the year and take part in the revelry.
Creating Your Abu Dhabi F1 Weekend Itinerary
Whether you are residing in Abu Dhabi or will be visiting the city for a holiday and watch the race at the same time, get the most of the Formula 1 weekend by putting these activities on your itinerary:
1. Pit Lane Walk and Paddock Access
The Yas Marina Circuit is one of the newest race tracks featured in the F1 calendar. Many drivers, past and current ones, find it both exciting and unique.
You can explore the race track yourself and get the chance to form your own opinion by taking a pit lane walk on the circuit.
If you get the right F1 ticket package, you can also visit certain teams’ paddocks. You will see the pit crew in action and get the chance to meet the drivers. Of course, you can ask for their autographs and have one or two photos taken with them.
2. Watch the Practice and Qualifying Sessions
If you’re a big F1 fan, you won’t want to miss any opportunity to see the cars as they speed through the race track.
The pit lane walk and paddock visit usually take place before the practice or qualifying session. Once you are done with these, go to your designated viewing area (i.e., the Grandstands, Champions Club, the Lounge, etc.) to watch the ensuing event.
When you’re done watching or want to explore Yas Marina more, check out the surrounding area. You will find various stalls and shops where you can buy your favorite team merchandise. You can also try your hand at simulators to get a feel of what it’s like to drive an F1 car.
You will also come across demonstrations, performances, and interviews with drivers on the stage. These are things you shouldn’t miss out on as well.
3. Explore Abu Dhabi
On those times that you are not in the circuit, get more from your weekend getaway by exploring the capital city of Abu Dhabi.
Some of the top places you have to visit here are:
- Heritage Village
- Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
- Louvre Abu Dhabi
- Emirates Park Zoo
- Souk Central Market
- Yas Mall
- Yas Waterworld
- Saadiyat Island
- Observation Deck at 300
- Ferrari World
If you have purchased the right Formula 1 ticket package, your provider can arrange for tours to these popular tourist spots. In case a particular place is not included in your bundle, you can visit it on your own or ask the hotel concierge to organize a trip for you.
4. Go on a Culinary Adventure
Your getaway won’t be complete if you don’t explore Abu Dhabi’s exciting food scene. Whatever cuisine or dining experience you’re looking for, you will surely find them in the city.
Abu Dhabi’s lineup of restaurants includes well-known fast food and high-end restaurant chains from different parts of the world. Additionally, you will find open kitchens and cooking stations, multi-cuisine eateries, and tapas-style dining establishments that won’t fail to satisfy your cravings.
There are also several pop-up restaurants and food trucks that always serve delectable dishes and snacks.
5. Watch F1 Concerts
One of the best things about having an excellent F1 ticket package is that you get access to live concerts.
Formula 1 is known for its amazing concerts which take place throughout the weekend. Popular performers always headline these events.
Currently, the only artist confirmed to have a concert in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is multiple Grammy nominee hip-hop sensation, Travis Scott. However, you can expect more performers to be announced in the coming months, so get ready to watch the best shows during your weekend Abu Dhabi getaway.
6. Enjoy the Last Formula 1 Race of 2019
Lastly, make sure you are prepared to witness one of the best, most exciting racing events in the world. You will watch the fastest cars race around the circuit for 55 laps. Expect plenty of heart-racing action as the different teams try to overtake each other.
Since the Grand Prix takes place late in the afternoon, you’ll get to watch one of the most amazing day-night races. And once the race is over, you will witness a fantastic fireworks display as well.
If you have a premium F1 ticket package, you will have a great spot for watching the race. You will also enjoy complimentary food and beverages. You will have access to the post-race concert and other parties, too.
A Formula 1 weekend is one of the best getaways you will experience. Start planning your itinerary now, and make sure you find the best ticket package to buy to get more out of this incredible event.
Oliver Kent is the Managing Director of ZK Sports & Entertainment, operating in the Middle East for over 10 years now. He is currently leading the company’s recent appointment as the Exclusive Marketing and Sales Agent for F1 Experiences in the Middle East.