Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Yas Marina, 2015

2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in pictures

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Pictures from the 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Keith Collantine
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4 comments on “2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in pictures”

  1. Keisoglou Alexandros (@)
    29th November 2015, 19:25

    A question frequently asked in the Live comments-which was the woman Merc brought to the rostrum?

  2. Fantastic pictures!

  3. That McLaren overall looks very blank!

  4. This was the first GP I have been to out of Europe and was very fortunate to be in Paddock Club for the first time. All my previous experiences had been in general admission or occasionally in a grand stand so it was a bit of a shock to the system.

    As much as I loved the experience I did feel that it wasn’t with the true fans. More generally, it feels like F1 is not accessible enough and the general entry/ grandstand experience is so expensive with such a lack of information on the race, frankly I’d rather watch it on TV at home.

    Beyond this I was shocked to take two taxis from Dubai where the first driver who took us to the circuit asked if Formula 1 was a rugby event and the second taxi driver (who had driven someone else to and from the circuit for three days) asked me if the race was with cars or planes. I had to show him a video to let him see it.

    These taxi drivers represent the best paid of the working class in the UEA and even they are unsure what F1 is. To me this represents everything that is wrong with the current commerciality of F1. I am only in my mid 30s but where have the days gone when children could press their faces up against the meshing to hear the violent sound of an F1 car and the quick flash of colour and be able to dream of being a racing driver?

    Corporate sponsors should be shouting to make F1 appeal to the masses in all countries. Not just paying so their most important guests can sip champagne in air conditioned restaurants. If my taxi driver does know where the cars fly or not, how are they likely to be inspired to buy the wares that the sponsors are selling?

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