The Yas Marina Circuit hosted its first Grand Prix in 2009, has secured the race until 2030. The Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix will stay on the Formula One calendar until 2030. It was announced on Thursday, with the deal coming just ahead of the season-ending world title-decider at Yas Marina.
The Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix is one of the four races in the Middle East, with Qatar and Saudi Arabia are making their debuts this year on long-term contracts and Bahrain a long-established fixture.
Abu Dhabi hosted its first Formula One in 2009 and is one of the most lucrative races for commercial rights holders Liberty Media.
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F1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali said, “We are delighted and confirm that we will be racing in Abu Dhabi until 2030 under the new agreement.”
Mercedes’ seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen are tied on points going into the season’s final race.
The Yas Marina Circuit has unveiled several changes to the track ahead of Sunday’s title decider designed to increase overtaking opportunities.
Abu Dhabi will remain the final race of the Formula 1 season for another decade.
The track had taken on a reputation for producing dull races.
But the circuit’s extensively revised layout for this year’s championship is guaranteed to put on an eventful and exciting showdown between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.
Stefano Domenicali, the F1 president, said: “The race promoter always creates an incredible show for the F1 season’s final race. And with the changes made, it improves the racing on Yas Marina Circuit. We are excited for the many years of racing in Abu Dhabi that are ahead of us.”
Hamilton and Verstappen head into the weekend’s race are leveled on points, but with the Dutch Red Bull driver ahead by the advantage of having one more win.
The winner on Sunday will be the world champion. However, Verstappen will walk away with his first world title if both fail to finish.