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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Three tonnes of paint and hundreds of plants: Abu Dhabi prepares for Formula 1

Preparations for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are under way at Yas Marina Circuit

Over the next few days, Yas Marina Circuit will be overrun with cleaners, painters and engineers, putting the finishing touches on the grounds ahead of the tens of thousands of spectators, celebrities, teams and drivers expected for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Festivities at Yas Marina Circuit begin on Thursday, ahead of the last race of the season, begin on Thursday, with a pit lane walk and Post Malone concert at the du Arena. Free practice begins on Friday, kicking off race weekend.

Meanwhile, painters are giving a fresh coat, or four to be precise to the 26 kilometres of track and will apply more than 500kg of paint to the circuit’s kerbs every day until Thursday.

By the time painters finish, they will use between two and three tonnes of paint — including 4,500 litres of Yas Blue, the track’s signature colour.

Dust and sand have been swept from the grandstands and the circuit's 228 canopies are being given high-pressure blast so they are gleaming for the swooping aerial shots that will follow the high-speed cars as they whizz around the track.

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As a finishing touch, two and a half acres of seasonal flowers were planted.

“In the lead up to the tenth edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix our teams have been very busy, a huge amount of work goes into preparing for the race weekend to make sure the Circuit looks perfect,” said Al Tareq Al Ameri, the chief executive of Yas Marina Circuit. “We want to ensure that the fans in the grandstand and those watching on TV around the world enjoy the best F1 experience.”

With the scene set, Yas Circuit will be ready for the fans.