Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Abu Dhabi Hill the place to be

Organisers release extra tickets for crowds to enjoy ideal vantage point

Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: Hundreds of racing fans have flocked to the iconic Abu Dhabi Hill this weekend to see the Formula One, GP2 and GP3 drivers battle for the hat-trick of title honours at this year’s 2016 Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Yas Marina Circuit hill has proved extremely popular with both international and local fans alike, organisers say, and the increased demand for this experience prompted them to offer an extra 1,500 tickets for this year’s three-day showpiece.

A spokesman said: “The Hill still offers a cost-effective race experience for hardcore F1 supporters and offers a truly incredible atmosphere as thousands of fans enjoy the spacious setting in which to watch motorsport’s finest drivers battle in out on the track. With the typical mix of overseas and local visitors, die-hard fans of every nationality will again be delighted with the views on offer, and will get a perfect observation point from which to watch the racing action unfold.”

The hill affords clear views of turns 4, 5, 6 and 7, the north hairpin and the famous straight – the longest in Formula 1.

Dean Spruce, aged 35, from Halifax, England said: “All the people back home will be looking for me on television as Abu Dhabi Hill gets great exposure during the whole race. I’m glad we managed to get tickets as it sells out quickly, so I was happy to hear that organisers have arranged an extra batch.

“For true fans, it’s the only place to watch the race and soak up the incredible atmosphere with likeminded people.

“And what a race we have in store. We will be cheering on Lewis [Hamilton], of course, but at least I can watch all the drama up close from here in the glorious sunshine – a perfect way to enjoy the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, whoever wins.”

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