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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Will Smith hits the Yas Marina Circuit for Abu Dhabi F1

From 1 OAK last night to the Yas Marina Circuit today - the Fresh Prince is in town, again

The 50-year-old Hollywood star took a selfie with Ana Hill, who had flown in to catch the Abu Dhabi F1 at the Paddock Club. Photo / Supplied 
The 50-year-old Hollywood star took a selfie with Ana Hill, who had flown in to catch the Abu Dhabi F1 at the Paddock Club. Photo / Supplied 

Will Smith has made an appearance at the Abu Dhabi F1: the actor and UAE regular has been snapped entering the Yas Marina Circuit today to watch the big race and celebrate with this season’s champion, his friend Lewis Hamilton.

The 50-year-old Hollywood star was also spotted dining at the pop-up by celebrity-favourite-club 1 OAK last night (there is a 1 OAK club in Dubai's Business Bay, as well as in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Mexico - and a temporary version has appeared on Yas Island for the Grand Prix weekend).

Today, Smith managed to take a selfie with Ana Hill, who flew in to catch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Paddock Club. Smith’s arrival is not a surprise: he is often in the UAE, and he was one of the first celebrities to pay tribute to Lewis when the driver clinched the title at the Brazilian Grand Prix last month.

In a widely shared Instagram post, Smith shot a video for Hamilton in which he uttered the much loved line from the 1995 action comedy film Bad Boys: “Now that’s how you drive!”

The Yas Marina Circuit is expected to welcome a steady stream of celebrities ahead of the 5.10pm race, including pop stars Sam Smith, The Weeknd and comedians Tiffany Haddish, Dave Chappelle and Chris Tucker. Head here for a full list of all of the celebrities spotted so far.

In other Smith-UAE news, the actor shared this post to his Instagram on Thanksgiving over the weekend - and if the mashrabiya wall behind him and his daughter Willow is anything to go by, it was most likely filmed in the UAE as well: