Diehard motorsport fans have the perfect opportunity to spot the upcoming stars of the F1® grid during a packed schedule of entertainment at the title-deciding 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX.
The talented young drivers featuring in the GP2 Series and GP3 Series will be lighting up Yas Marina Circuit during 25th-27th November to set the scene for the F1® racing to follow.
Now in its twelfth year, GP2 is the official support series for Formula 1® and was designed as a training ground for life at the pinnacle of the sport. Nico Rosberg won the very first GP2 series championship in 2005, while other current F1® drivers to make the jump include Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg.
And despite only running for six seasons, GP3 has produced three champions who have now reached the heights of Formula 1®. They include Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat, and Esteban Gutierrez, who drives for Haas F1 Team.
The two championships are sure to get spectators in the mood for a weekend of wheel-spinning action. They also give young drivers based in the region an insight into the skills needed to reach the verge of F1® stardom. With the launch of the FIA-accredited brand-new Formula 4 UAE Championship at Yas Marina Circuit last month, up-and-coming drivers now have a stepping stone into GP3 and GP2.
Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said: “Abu Dhabi is very proud to be hosting the title-deciding races for GP2 Series and GP3 Series. One of our key missions at Yas Marina Circuit is to nurture talented young drivers from the region and give them every chance of reaching the very top of the sport. Many of them will be watching from the stands as the excitement of these two highly competitive championships unfolds.”
GP2 will be putting on a season finale sure to impress as the single-seater cars race the full 5.5km Yas Marina Circuit. Just like the F1® drivers’ championship, GP2 is locked in a two-racer showdown for the drivers’ title, with PREMA Racing team’s Antonio Giovinazzi and Pierre Gasly battling for a title-deciding win in Abu Dhabi.
Gasly is one for race weekend spectators to watch. The Frenchman is in his third season as a member of the Red Bull Junior team, acting as a reserve driver for Red Bull Racing. He lies behind Italian Giovinazzi in the standings, who is making a big impression in his first season of GP2.
Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin finished third in last year’s GP2 Series and was a test driver in 2014 for the Sauber F1® team. New Zealand’s Mitch Evans is another to look out for and is considered a protégé to Australian great Mark Webber. Meanwhile, Britain’s Alex Lynn was GP3 Series champion in 2014 and drove as an F1® development driver for the Williams team.
With so many talented young drivers all keen to make an impression in the season-ending races, it makes for a mouth-watering prelude to the weekend’s F1® action. Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ticket holders will be treated to GP2 Series practice and qualifying sessions ahead of two individual races.
Meanwhile, the GP3 Series drivers’ title is also going to the wire in the final round of the season at Yas Marina Circuit. ART GP’s Charles Leclerc is in pole position, with his teammate Alexander Albon and Trident’s Antonio Fuoco hot on his heels.
For the full race weekend calendar, download the YasHUB smartphone app from Apple and Android stores.