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Interesting facts about the Yas Marina

Whether an enthusiastic F1 fan, or a happy bystander of weekend sport, Grand Prix Abu Dhabi has an array of entertainment options that appeal to the masses. Here, we look at a few interesting facts that come along with it:

  • The stands can accommodate up to 50,000 spectators, with VIP guests having the option to view the race from the 60 metre high sun tower position at the starting line. This offers unobstructed views of all the action below.
  • The first Grand Prix event held at the Yas Marina was especially remarkable, as it began just as dusk began to settle. This event is typically, and uniquely, held into the late evening.
  • Yas Marina Circuit is 5.55 kilometres (3.4 miles) long and has 21 turns in its intricate design. Even more unique is that it is one of very few venues that feature an anti-clockwise race.
  • The Yas Marina is home to the longest straight in any Formula One track, at 1,173 metres long.
  • The track required 14,000 workers to build, and a total of 35 million man hours for completion.
  • The Yas Marina has the first ever hotel built astride an F1 track, the five stars Yas Hotel, which has 500 bedrooms.
  • The 2015 race was the first and only race where the winner was from behind front row (won by Kimi Räikkönen).
  • There are more than 20 outfield floodlights that sit at 40 metres tall, as well as 7 smaller lights to ensure a seamless transition from day to night.
  • The Yas Marina circuit cost $1.3 billion to construct. No expense was spared, and every detail perfect, including the installation of roofs to cover each grandstand to ensure the sun was not an issue for spectators.
  • The pit lanes of the Yas Marina cross underneath the circuit.


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