The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
(Arabic: أبوظبي سباق الجائزة الكبرى) is a Formula One
race. It was announced in early 2007 at the Abu Dhabi F1 Festival in the United Arab Emirates
. The first race took place on November 1 2009, held at the Hermann Tilke
designed Yas Marina Circuit
On June 25, 2008 the FIA
announced the provisional Formula One calendar including the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as the 19th and final race of the season on November 15. On November 5, 2008, however, it was announced that the race would be held as the season finale on November 1, two weeks before the initially planned date, as the 17th and final race.
The race was Formula One
's first ever day-night race, starting at 17:00 local time
. Floodlights used to illuminate the circuit were switched on from the start of the event to ensure there is a seamless transition from daylight to darkness.
Formula 1 first came to Abu Dhabi in 2007 in the guise of the first ever Formula One Festival. the event which took place on 3 February 2007 was free, and the largest gathering of current Formula One cars and drivers outside of a Grand Prix.<ref... Read More