Yas Marina prepares largest logistics for Grand Prix

November 11, 2010

As final preparations take place at Yas Marina for the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix the teams, order final equipment, media and people from all over the world are now arriving in Abu Dhabi, ready for the Grand Prix weekend.

“With such a logistical event such as Formula 1, there are many deadlines to meet to ensure everything is covered and runs according to plan,” said Richard Cregan, Chief Executive Officer of Yas Marina Circuit. “With the combined support and expertise of Abu Dhabi Police, Customs, ADAC, TRA and a range of other stakeholders, we are working hard to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible, with what is set to be a climactic weekend.”

Over the last month, the various logistics teams at Yas Marina Circuit have been receiving freight deliveries from around the world. Each of the F1 teams has a wide variety of equipment that follows the schedule of races around the world, with some equipment being sent ahead via sea travel. In the last 24 hours five 747 cargo planes have arrived from Brazil carrying team cars  and equipment.

Within five hours of arriving, the Formula 1 teams will need to rebuild their cars, unpack all of their equipment, settle their teams, and prepare for the arrival of their guests.

Cregan continued: “We have been working hard to ensure that the transition from Brazil to Abu Dhabi is as seamless as possible for all the teams.  Our aim is to provide the infrastructure so that the teams can set up their equipment and be ready to race as soon as they touch ground.”

To ensure everything is in place when the fans arrive, Yas Marina Circuit has more than 200 people working across logistics, maintenance, landscaping and cleaning. This team of people is on hand all weekend to ensure it is a successful event for everyone.