Yas Marina circuit reaches key milestone in track reconfiguration programme

Engineering works programme over 30% complete

Yas Marina circuit reaches key milestone in track reconfiguration programme
  • Modification work to be completed ahead of this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management hit a significant milestone a third of the way into the track reconfiguration programme at Yas Marina Circuit. The asphalt has now been removed from the three key areas of the track, setting the stage for the new layout to be crafted.

Since starting in July, the reconfiguration work has been progressing well towards the target of reopening the track in October, ahead of the 13th instalment of the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX.

Ali Al Beshir, Circuit Operations Director at Yas Marina Circuit, said: “We are really delighted and excited to see the upgrades progressing through the stages. The team are working exceptionally hard, and we already have the demolition of the asphalt completed, along with the removal of lights and barriers from the key sections.

“With the support of our key partners and stakeholders we continue to progress well and are very much looking forward to the return of motorsport after the summer and, of course, the last race of the season, the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX.”

Watch Ali Al Beshir discuss the latest track changes developments, here.

The upgrades will enhance motorsports events hosted at the venue for both drivers and spectators alike. Yas Marina Circuit are continually identifying ways in which they can evolve, keep our product offerings fresh and retain the loyal fanbase.

Mark Hughes, Managing Director of Mrk1 Consultants, and consultant on the project, commented: “The management team at Yas Marina Circuit and ADMM have really taken on board feedback from the fans and drivers. The project is a huge undertaking, nobody should underestimate the effort that goes into this. They’re doing it for the benefits of the fans both in the grandstand and watching on TV by creating faster wheel-to-wheel racing and more opportunities to overtake for more thrilling races. It’s massively exciting.”

On June 30th, Yas Marina Circuit hosted its final Car Track Day to give drivers the last opportunity to experience the original track configuration. From Formula 1 stars, like Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, to the general public, thousands of drivers have tested their skills around the original Yas Marina Circuit track, and they’ll now have a new challenge to face.

Spectators wishing to attend the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2021, which takes place on December 9-12, can now look forward to a first-of-its-kind instalment of the race at Yas Marina Circuit, with drivers enjoying more license to overtake, and the modifications to the track providing additional opportunities for exciting high-speed battles.

Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be purchased via www.yasmarinacircuit.com 


About Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management

Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM), with its head office at Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, has created unique, world class experiences across Abu Dhabi since 2009.

ADMM have promoted and delivered globally significant events, including Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix, alongside over 400 events a year across motorsports, health and fitness, entertainment and major corporate conferences. The company also delivers a significant programme of motorsport retail experiences for business and consumer audiences at Yas Marina Circuit across the year.

This combined experience means that ADMM has a region-leading team with expertise in event marketing, communications, promotions and project management.

Such talent firmly positions ADMM as a leader in sports management. The company is now seeking to diversify into activities and strategic ventures beyond Yas Marina Circuit in order to build towards a broader long-term vision aligned with its partners and stakeholders in Abu Dhabi.

About Yas Marina Circuit

Yas Marina Circuit is the United Arab Emirates’ most exciting sporting and entertainment multi-purpose venue.  Located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the circuit is home to the annual FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX and much more. 

In addition to the extensive year-round program of professional and grassroots motorsport events and experiences including Drag and Yas Track Nights, the circuit has emerged as a thriving hub for entertainment and community events in the UAE. As the region’s most technologically advanced facility, the circuit is also a leading MICE venue, regularly hosting a diverse range of corporate meetings, conferences and events. 

Whether you want to experience the thrill of karting at our Kartzone, driving an Aston Martin GT4 at over 200km/hour on an F1 circuit, work towards your racing license at the Yas Racing School, get fit at TrainYas, participate in one of our many sporting events, or simply catch up with friends at Yas Central, Yas Marina Circuit truly is The Meeting Place of Champions.

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