The largest ever audience cheer Lewis Hamilton to victory as curtain falls on exhilarating weekend at the F1 Abu Dhabi.
Three days of track action were concluded at the podium prize ceremony, which saw Hamilton crowned 2014 Formula One Champion.
Throughout the Grand Prix weekend, racing fans – including a record number from overseas – enjoyed a blockbuster atmosphere, both in the grandstands and away from the track. The final after-race concert, featuring British rock legends The Who, closed the whirlwind weekend of non-stop program of entertainment.
“I would like to congratulate the new world champion after what has been one of the most thrilling finales to a Formula 1 season in recent years,” said Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit.“Fans were promised an exceptional, spectacular experience and we hope the weekend has lived up to the expectations. The largest crowds in the event’s short history have generated an incredible atmosphere around the whole circuit.”
The five Oasis zones were full at all times with race-goers enjoying a thrilling carnival of activities including live music, theatre productions, gamezones, UAE heritage and other exhibitions and numerous hospitality options. In the North Oasis area the Heritage Village proved a popular attraction, with its lively mix of traditional Emirati activities such as falconry, local cooking, handicrafts, and henna painting.
Motoring enthusiasts enjoyed a trip down memory lane in the West Oasis’s classic cars exhibition and tested their skills at the “Pit-Stop Challenge.” The main hub of activity was the F1 Village, next to the Main Grandstand, where a non-stop line-up of music and dance provided the backdrop to a vast array of entertainment options including the F1 Gamezone and the Majlis Arabic Chill-Out area.
A hit to the weekend, the after-race concert kicked off in style on Thursday night, with a bill that included famous Middle Eastern artists such as Tamer Hosny and Mohammed Assaf. Friday was the turn of Dutch sensation Armin Van Buuren, who dazzled the audience with his high-energy set. And on Saturday the the man of the moment Pharrell Williams treated the Du Arena audience to a memorable show. A weekend of high impact sports, entertainment and leisure, this year’s F1 was went far beyond all expectations.