x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

F1 is a 50,000 seat sell-out

The race at Yas Marina Circuit will decide a four-way contest, an unprecedented event for the sport.

The season's final race at Yas Marina Circuit this weekend will decide a four-way contest, an unprecedented event for the sport. Above, F1 cars are unloaded from their trucks and rolled into the garages at the Yas Marina Circuit yesterday.
The season's final race at Yas Marina Circuit this weekend will decide a four-way contest, an unprecedented event for the sport. Above, F1 cars are unloaded from their trucks and rolled into the garages at the Yas Marina Circuit yesterday.

ABU DHABI // Tickets for Abu Dhabi's second Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday have sold out, organisers said yesterday.

About 50,000 fans will watch the race that decides this year's drivers' championship. Richard Cregan, the chief executive of Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, which runs the Yas Marina Circuit, put the sell-out down to the increased excitement over the race.

He said it was unprecedented to have four drivers in contention for the final race of the season. "It is a very fitting end to what has been an amazing F1 season. We are very proud here in Abu Dhabi to be staging the race and to know that we will see the crowning of the 2010 World Champion." There was a flat-rate price for all seats this year regardless of where they were, which Mr Cregan said had helped sales.

News of the sell-out came as the first F1 cars and drivers arrived at Yas yesterday. The site will be open to ticketholders tomorrow for a public pit lane walk.

The Australian driver Mark Webber, one of the four who could lift the championship trophy on Sunday, said yesterday: "We have an incredible battle to look forward to this weekend."

 

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