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Need To Know: 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Formula 1 visits Yas Marina Circuit for the highly anticipated final round of the 2021 season. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of attending the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend on December 10-12!

For the first time since 2016, the battle for the Formula 1 World Championship goes down to the wire. Yas Marina Circuit is the venue for the title decider between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. The 2021 season has seen plenty of close racing, collisions and controversy so far – and you can expect more drama as this year’s World Champion is finally crowned.

Night racing in Abu Dhabi

Formula 1 first visited Abu Dhabi in 2009. The unique race, which starts just before sunset and ends under floodlights, has established itself as the now traditional last race of the season.

From experiencing the area’s luxurious lifestyle, to browsing the massive shopping malls and even camel racing, we’ve rounded up the best places to visit on your Abu Dhabi Grand Prix trip in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to Yas Marina for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

Coronavirus protocols at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans were unable to attend the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2020. The Yas Marina Circuit welcomes back spectators in 2021. There are a number of protocols in place to keep you and fellow spectators safe.

To gain access to the circuit, you must be vaccinated against COVID-19. You must have received your last dose of the vaccine at least 28 days prior to attending. You must present your vaccine status via the Al Hosn App. To enter, you will also require a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of entry to the circuit. In addition, face masks must be worn at all times – aside from when you are eating or drinking. 

Capacity crowd expected

While a capacity crowd is expected for the defining race of the 2021 season, limited tickets are still available for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend. Tickets are available in the North Grandstand – overlooking one of the areas of track which has been re-profiled ahead of this year’s race. Hospitality packages are also available from F1 Experiences

Attendance figures for recent Abu Dhabi Grands Prix have not been publicly available. Both the 2016 and 2017 race attracted 195,000 spectators.

Based on the average price of 3-day grandstand tickets, Abu Dhabi was the most expensive race to attend during the 2019 season, ahead of Mexico and Monaco. The cheapest 3-day grandstand tickets were almost $150 more expensive than any other race on the current calendar, aside from Monaco.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix!

Trackside at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

There will be plenty of on-track action during the race weekend. As well as the usual Formula 1 sessions, there are also two Formula 4 UAE races plus three Formula 2 races, with the latter series celebrating the last round of its 2021 season. In addition, there is the public pit-lane walk on Thursday, which is open to 3-day ticket holders. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

In addition to plentiful ATMs, the circuit introduced a new cashless trackside payment option in 2019 called ‘Yas Pay’. Find more information here. Be sure to make the most of your weekend by downloading the YasHub app. Note that you are not allowed to bring food and drink into the circuit. Some of the Marina area is accessible to the public, where you’ll find bars and restaurants.

Looking for information on accessing the circuit over the race weekend? You can find detailed guidance on the best drop off points for each grandstand, plus details of shuttle services here

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix concerts

As always at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the end of the season will be celebrated in style with four headline concerts across the weekend. In 2021, Khalid, Stormzy, Lewis Capaldi and Foo Fighters are the headliners. Golden circle upgrades for this year’s concerts are still available. These ticket upgrades give you priority access to the concerts, as well as the best seats in the house. 

The concerts take place at Du Arena. You can find helpful information on accessing the circuit and information on collection points for after the concerts here. You will need your F1 e-ticket to access the post-race concerts!

If you’re not at Yas Marina for this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2022 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

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