Numbers Tell the Story of the F1 Weekend
Preps are underway for the nail-biting drama of Sunday’s Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix. Like every year, Yas Marina Circuit has outdone itself in the preparation, gearing up for an exciting weekend. The preparations have included transporting 750,000 tonnes of F1 gear, applying 8,500 litres of paint to the track and being ready to serve 42,000 meals.
As the Brazilian Grand Prix has come to a close 10 days ago, six charter flights, each carrying 90 tonnes of gear, have airlifted all of the necessary equipment of all the Formula One teams to Abu Dhabi. Along with that, an astonishing 140 sea freight containers will also have landed at the Khalifa Port, Abu Dhabi by the weekend; bringing in the remaining team kits for the F1, GP2 and GP3 races.
This year’s race weekend will see the largest attendance ever at history, as Yas Marina has confirmed tickets of all stands being sold out. Feeding 60,000 people every day is no small feat and Yas Marina have equipped themselves to deal with this task. The circuit are in the process of employing 1,924 catering staff.
The staff hope to successfully serve 29,670 meals in the grandstand and cooperate hospitality suites – not including the Paddock and alongside that, prepare 12,500 staff meals for Yas Marina Circuit employees over the weekend.
Guests in attendance at Yas Marina this year can look forward to exciting things, when it comes to food. Yas Marina will offer more food and drink options than in previous years. 56 outlets – a mix of mobile kitchens, concessions, bars and two new night clubs will be at service to the guests; along with the newly opened after-party venue called North Star.
The track has been prepped and ready – painted and painting the track is one of the final things maintenance wise, before the races. Six specialist contractors were employed to bring in their expertise in the matter, having painted other race tracks around the world before. Staggering 8,500 litres of paint was used, especially the blue colour Pantone 321, which is unique to Yas Marina. This colour was chose, because it most closely resembles the colour of the Arabian Seas and it water soluble, so suits the weather conditions in Abu Dhabi.