About 2 hours drive from Dubai, in the emirate of Abu Dhabi you can find the Yas Marina F1 circuit. With a total cost of 250 million dollar, this circuit is one of the most expensive circuits ever built. The high price of the circuit’s construction is partly due to the circuit’s unique location on the artificial Yas Island, next to the striking W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island and the Ferrari World theme park. This Ferrari Word theme park is clearly recognizable by its red roof with the famous Ferrari logo on it.
The circuit, designed by the well-known circuit designer Hermann Tilke. This circuit has 20 bends and is also called the Arab Monaco due to the fact that the circuit is located at various marinas. The circuit is not only built around the Yas Viceroy hotel, one of the curves of the circuit even goes under the hotel, which provides spectacular images during the TV broadcasts.
Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi
Since 2009, Formula 1 has been an annual guest in Abu Dhabi, the date of the Formula 1 race on the circuit changes regularly, but in general the race takes place sometime in early November. Check the circuit’s website for current dates. If you want to witness this racing spectacle once, you have to spend a lot of money because the tickets are not cheap. Prices between 365 to 628 US Dollar for a weekend grandstand ticket, and the better the view, the higher the ticket price! For more information on the Formula 1 race at Abu Dhabi, please visit our dedicated Abu Dhabi Formula 1 page on the annual event.
There are also cheaper pitches around the circuit, but they often sell out quickly. If you want to make it completely luxurious, you can watch the race from a VIP spot on a luxury yacht in the harbor or in the VIP box in the pit complex.
The championship title in Abu Dhabi is regularly decided, so it is always exciting in Abu Dhabi. This was also the case in 2016 when Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg competed for the title. The battle was tense until the last laps but in the end it was Nico Rosberg who, thanks to his points lead, managed to become world champion despite Lewis Hamilton winning the race. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen also seemed to get involved in the final laps but luckily for Rosberg both drivers came just a little short to attack Rosberg. In 2021 the championship was decided in the last round of the race when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were competed for the win and the championship. Eventually Max Verstappen was the winner of the race and became a world champion for the first time.
Yas Marina Circuit Tour
A visit to this circuit is definitely a must for motorsport enthusiasts. Do you want to experience the track at it’s best? Book a Yas Marina Circuit Venue Tour and see all the hidden gems at the circuit! Here you get a tour on the circuit where Formula 1 is a guest every year in November, get a look in the pit boxes and in the race control room, take a picture on the podium. You can take a look at one of the covered stands and pay a visit to the Yas Drag Racing Strip. Immers yourself because this world is normally only open to race drivers and their teams. Discover this world from the inside and out.
The 2-hour Yas Marina Circuit Venue Tour can be booked online at the GetYourGuide website of Tiqets.com. The cost for a Yas Venue Tour is 30 US Dollar for adults. Please note that these prices may have changed in the meantime, so check the website for the most current prices.
You can also participate for a fee during one of the Yas Marina Driving Experiences in a Radical racing car, an Aston Martin GT4 or a Jaguar F-type, a unique experience for the motorsport enthusiast! Those who would like to race themselves can visit the adjacent kart circuit.
Yas marina Curcuit: Aston Martin GT4 driving Experience
Experiencing a sense of real speed driving in the seat of the Aston Martin GT4, as you race around the Yas Marina Circuit track for 10 or 20 minutes. Go from 0 tot 100km/h in 3.9 seconds. Put an all necessary safety equipment end feal like a real race driver. There is a professional instructor that will give you guidance before you drive this super fast car.
The Aston Martin GT4 Driving experience express tickets can be booked online. You can choose for the 10 minutes ride or opt for the 20 minutes ride. The 10 minutes ride ticket cost 357 US Dollars per person. Do you want to expend the feeling for a bit more than a ticket cost you 500 US Dollars per person. Read the full description and get your ticket at the GetYourGuide website.
Yas Radical SST Passenger Experience
Don’t want to get behind the wheel yourself, but do you want to experience the experience of racing? Then you can choose the Yas Radical SST passenger experience. Here you can board a driver who gives you an amazing drive tour of the race track Yas Marina Ciruit at an incredible speed.
This experience Lasts 30 minutes with 10 minutes of track time. You will put on all necessary safety gear which gives a special feeling. You will experience what the real drivers experience. Together you will make 3 to 5 laps on a partial F1 track. Yas Radical SST Passenger Experience tickets can be booked online. Ticket price 130 US Dollars per person. Read the full description and get your ticket at the GetYourGuide website.
Formula Yas 3000 Driving Experience
Drive in a 3000cc V6 engine car. Hear the engines running and feel all the thrills that the car brings. Steer and feel how the car moves with you. Learn to make the perfect turns and above all enjoy this unique experience on a track.
This tour allows you to drive around the track for 10 or 20 minutes with an experienced driving instructor next to you. This driver can explain how to improve your driving skills. This way you can only get better at driving the Yas Marina Circuit.
Ticket price for the Formula Yas 3000 driving experience at Yas Marina Circuit are for 10 minutes 297,50 US Dollars. Do you want to go for the 20 minutes experience, then a ticket costs 501 US Dollars. Choose your date and time end book your ticket in advance. Read the full description and get your ticket at the GetYourGuide website.
Caterham seven Driving experience at Yas Marina Circuit
There are many different race cars that make this world so beautiful. And so worth a visit to get to know all the racing cars. The Yas Marina Circuit has the classic Caterham Seven sports cars at its home base. And in these cars they offer a tour. This tour allows you to drive around the track for 15 minutes with an experienced driving instructor next to you. This driver can explain how to improve your driving skills. This way you can only get better at driving the Yas Marina Circuit. Reach speeds of 100km/ h in 3 sec. The only safe way is to try this at a circuit.
This 15 minutes drive experience required at least 2 participants. Cost of a ticket for the Caterham seven Driving experience at Yas Marina Circuit are 522 US Dollars. Per person that is 261 US Dollars. Read the full description and get your ticket at the GetYourGuide website.
Is the price is a bit too high for you to do this experience, but you actually want to take a ride, choose the 5 minutes option. A ticket for the 5 minutes ride is available for only 68 US Dollar. And this tour can already start with one person. Choose this express Experience end get your thicket at the GetYourGuide website.