Thousands of Formula 1 fans from around the world soaked up the unique atmosphere and get a rare glimpse of teams hard at work before the big race at the Yas Marina Circuit.
As Abu Dhabi prepares to close out yet another exciting season of racing that will again see Lewis Hamilton collect his World Championship trophy at Yas Marina Circuit, fans of the sport were given an inside look at this year’s teams fine tuning their cars on Thursday ahead of the on-track action.
Kicking off ‘Super Thursday’, the public queued to enjoy the perennially popular Public Pit Lane Walk at the Circuit before the 2017 Formula One finale gets underway.
Opening the pit lane to the public enabled F1 fans from across the globe to witness their favourite teams and drivers preparing for the final race in the 2017 calendar.
Wearing a streaky, fiery red wig, Anthony Hvala, president of the Scuderia Ferrari Club Melbourne, stood out amid the buzz and excitement in the pit lane.
“This is my second time in Abu Dhabi, I love coming here. My first time was in 2012 and I wore the wig then as well. It goes around the world with me. I’ve been going to Grands Prix since 1996.
“I love this venue. It’s purpose-built for a day-night race. If I could come here every year for the Grand Prix I would.
“I’ve met the drivers many times over the years, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikonen, and previously Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. I was also lucky enough to meet Michael Schumacher once in 2012 at Melbourne, which was his last year in Formula OneTM – that was a dream come true.”
“I won a competition with Ferrari in 2014 and after that Ferrari asked me to set-up a fan club in Melbourne, and we’re now officially supported by the team and they’ve been great.”
For the first time ever, race goers to Yas Marina Circuit got the chance to purchase a Yas Hot Lap around the iconic F1 Circuit in either a Jaguar F-TYPE or a Radical SST, driven by a racing professional. The all-new experiences proved very popular with fans at Super Thursday.
Organisers advised a limited number of one-day Friday Abu Dhabi Hill tickets are still available.
Please visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com, or telephone the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre (800 927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800, or visit Etihad Shops and Virgin Megastores, Yas Central Express stand at Yas Mall. You can also purchase through the YasHUB smartphone app and the Facebook shop: www.facebook.com/yasmarinacircuit
The 2017 edition of the YasHUB app is available to download, allowing visitors to plan every element of their race weekend and stay up-to-date with the latest race news and information.
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