Abu Dhabi sold out for title finale

Wed, 10 November 2010, 08:01

Nov.10 (GMM) Sunday’s 2010 world championship finale in Abu Dhabi is sold out, organisers of the Yas Marina event have announced.

Richard Cregan, chief executive of Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, said the capacity crowd on race day is about 50,000.

The event also sold out for its inaugural running a year ago.

“We are very proud to be staging the race and to know that we will see the crowning of the 2010 world champion,” said Cregan.

Barely a day after seeing the chequered flag 12,000 kilometres away in Brazil, the F1 cars and equipment arrived at the impressive Abu Dhabi track on Tuesday.

Incredibly, despite the desert location and extremely low annual rainfall, some rain fell in Abu Dhabi late on Tuesday.

And some more light sprinkles are possible over the grand prix weekend, according to some forecasts.

McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh told Auto Motor und Sport he is relieved that this weekend’s focus is an unprecedented four-way battle for the title.

In past years, the title battles have been marred by off-track team disputes, political wrangling with the FIA, and scandals.

“It’s refreshing,” the Briton admitted.

“Four drivers with three different teams have a chance of the title, which has never happened before. This is an epic championship battle,” added Whitmarsh.

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