Designed by Hermann Tilke, one of the world’s foremost Formula 1 grand prix circuit designers, this 5.5km long circuit never fails to amaze. Forming part of the massive and awe-inspiring US$40 Billion motor-racing themed Yas Island mega-project in Abu Dhabi the Yas Marina Circuit opened in time to host the inaugural 2009 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix.
The circuit has four main grandstands providing seating for over 41,000 spectators, also being the only motorsports venue in the world where all the grandstands are covered. The circuit was built by main contractor Cebarco-WCT WLL, under contract from developer Aldar Properties. It has a permanent lighting system enabling it to host day/night Grand Prix races and is the largest permanent sports venue lighting project in the world.
The surface of the track is made of Graywacke aggregate, shipped to Abu Dhabi from Bayston Hill quarry in Shropshire, England. The surface material is highly acclaimed by circuit bosses and Formula 1 drivers for the high level of grip it offers.
The circuit received its formal FIA Formula 1 approval on 07th October 2009 with the final race of the 2009 season occurring there on 01st November 2009.