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Formula 1 Confirmed to Return to Abu Dhabi in December

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Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Formula 1

After months of speculation around the return of Formula 1‘s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the organization has announced that it will in fact be going ahead this year on December 13. However, the experience will be somewhat different from previous years…

The capital will play host to the grand finale of the annual race, except this time the event will be going ahead without spectators.

The 12th edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix motorsport cavalcade will happen within what’s being coined as a ‘biosphere’.

Essentially this will be a specially constructed and organized ‘safe-zone’ – one of the largest in the region – that will house strict personnel such as F1 staff, drivers and teams, only. This concept is being rolled out to ensure the safety of all parties involved in bringing the race to the region.

All of the big names from Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen, to Valtteri Bottas are expected to be on the starter lines during the finale of the global tournament.

Chase Carey, CEO of the Formula One Group said: “We are delighted that we will be upholding our traditional end of season race with our valued and special partners at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. While this season has been challenging for everyone, we can think of no better place to bring the 2020 season to an end and look forward to completing our seventeen-race calendar.”

Formula 1 bosses have been encouraged by the success of UFC’s Fight Island, which took place in its own safe-zone on Yas Island, which showed that country can deliver on the health, safety, and comfort of everyone participating in the project.

Saif Al Noaimi, Acting CEO, Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management (ADMM), also commented: “We are grateful for the commitment of F1 management, the teams and our Abu Dhabi partners whose innovative collaboration during these unprecedented times allows us to host a safe and competitive final race of the season.”
So while the brunches, celeb-spotting, and celebrations may be on the ice, at least the racing action will be on point.

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