Abu Dhabi has extended its race contract for an undisclosed length of time. The original deal, agreed in 2007, extended from 2009 until 2016, an unusual eight-year deal. The deal has now been extended and in all probability it will be a normal five-year deal and so will run until 2021 It is not clear why this would need to be a secret but it is in keeping with the current culture of F1 to keep meaningless things secret.
“This race and the Yas Marina Circuit has introduced Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates to tens of millions of visitors and TV viewers from around the world. We remain committed to continually delivering a better experience for the Formula 1® family and ticket holders,” said HE Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management. “It is a mark of the quality of our partnership with Formula One World Championship that we both want to focus on looking forward and on delivering many more successful races.”
Due to growing demand, this year Yas Marina Circuit expanded its capacity to 60,000, a 20 percent increase since 2009.