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Yas Marina Circuit
Circuit Yas-Island.svg
Location Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Time zone GMT +4
Capacity 50,000
Owner Government of Abu Dhabi
Operator Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management
Broke ground May 2007
Opened October 2009
Construction Cost £800 million
$1.322 billion
893 million
Architect Hermann Tilke
Major Events FIA Formula One
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
GP2 Asia Series, V8 Supercars, Drag Racing, GT1 World
Grand Prix Circuit
Circuit Length 5.554 km (3.451 mi)
Turns 21
Lap Record 1:40.279 (Germany Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, 2009)
V8 Supercars Circuit
Circuit Length 4.700 km (2.920 mi)
Turns 19
Lap Record 1:58.737 (New Zealand Shane Van Gisbergen, Stone Brothers Racing, 2010 V8 Supercars)

The Yas Marina Circuit is a race track. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is held there. The track was designed by Hermann Tilke. It is on Yas Island, about 30 minutes from the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi. Yas Marina is the second Formula One track in the Middle East. The first was Bahrain. It also hosted the opening event for the Australian V8 Supercars series, the Yas V8 400, in February 2010.


Yas Marina was designed as an Arabian version of Monaco. The twenty-one corners twists through the man made island off the Abu Dhabi coast. The track passes by the marina and through the Yas Marina Hotel, and winds its way through sand dunes, with several long straights and tight corners.

The circuit has four grandstand areas (Main Grandstand, West Grandstand, North Grandstand and South Grandstand). Part of its pit lane exit runs underneath the track. It has Media Center, Dragster Track, VIP Tower, Ferrari World Theme Park, and a team building behind the pit building. One of the gravel traps runs underneath the West grandstand.

  • Seating Capacity - 41,093
  • Area - 161.9 ha
  • Length - 5.5 km


The circuit was built by Cebarco-WCT WLL, under contract from Aldar Properties. The circuit was constructed with a permanent lighting system provided by Musco Lighting, similar to that also installed at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. Yas Marina Circuit 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 praised for the high level of grip. The same material was used at the Bahrain International Circuit.

On 7 October 2009, the circuit was granted final approval to hold Formula One races by the FIA. Bruno Senna was the first driver to complete a test run on the circuit.

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