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Everything to Know About This Month’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina Circuit

Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Instagram /@ymcofficial

The Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is returning this month, and is set to see out another magnificent Formula One season out in style. Although this year’s event will be held within closed doors, the three-day Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi is one not to be missed.

Ending what has been a remarkable Formula One season the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take place later this month from Friday, December 11 to Sunday, December 13 in the UAE capital.

The Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM) has announced that although the event will be staged behind closed doors with no paying spectators allowed, frontline workers will be allowed to attend the race in thanks for their courageous efforts throughout the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 600 special passes have been made available for frontline workers, with 200 allocated for each day of the race from Friday’s practice sessions, Saturday’s qualifying, and Sunday’s final race.

The acting chief executive of ADMM, Saif Al Noaimi has also revealed that the Abu Dhabi Hill at the Yas Marina Circuit racetrack will be renamed “Frontline Heroes Hill” in honor of the UAE capital’s Grand Prix weekend.

The racing event will see the world’s best drivers come together for the final Grand Prix of 2020. However, two potential absences may be noted from world-champion Lewis Hamilton and French sportsman Romain Grosjean.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton won his seventh world championship at the Turkish Grand Prix in November. Photo: Instagram/ @lewishamilton

Hamilton, who won his seventh world title at the Turkish Grand Prix on November 15, recently tested positive for coronavirus and due to his recovery and required isolation period is likely to be unable to attend the event this Sunday. The Mercedes driver is reportedly “in bed and not feeling great” according to his Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.

Elsewhere, Grosjean was involved in a crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix on November 29, where his car collided with the metal barrier and burst into flames. Thankfully, Grosjean escaped with minor injuries, with only burns to the back of his hands, however, the Frenchman is currently unsure whether he will be able to make his Formula One comeback at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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