Celebs, music, racecars and yachts… Behind the scenes at Abu Dhabi’s Formula 1

It’s the sporting spectacle of the year and we had backstage access

Hollywood superstars, rock legends, yacht parties, high speed crashes, even November rain… This year’s Abu Dhabi Formula 1 race had it all.

And, even better, we have exclusive behind the scenes access where we rubbed shoulders with music megastar Sam Smith, the Fresh Prince himself Will Smith and this year’s race and championship winner Lewis Hamilton.

The tenth edition of the capital’s annual extravaganza was one of the most exciting – with Nico Hulkenburg flipping his car, two-time world champ Fernando Alonso signing off his Formula 1 career with smoky donuts and even flashes of rain.

Axl Rose and Slash reunited to rock the du Arena to its core – even more impressive following Axl’s admission during and after the gig he was suffering badly from illness.

The Weeknd followed showstopper Post Malone, while the likes of Tyga, Nelly and Craig David also performed.

This week, Time Out Abu Dhabi’s Sean-Paul and Shaikh and Time Out DXB’s Dean are showing you exactly why this is one of, if not the, sporting spectacle of the year in the UAE.

See you next year on the starting grid.

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