Celebrities seen at the Abu Dhabi F1: From Chris Hemsworth to Jason Statham

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix attracts big names every year

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The UAE capital attracts many big names when Formula One rolls into town for the annual Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Drivers may take the spotlight on the track, but celebrities, from actors to models and athletes, indulge from the viewing decks.

Aside from A-listers who performed during the after-race concerts, including Shania Twain and Chris Brown, many others descended on Yas Marina Circuit as F1 fans.

During Lewis Hamilton's grid walk, the seven-time British world champion, was greeted by a handful of VIPs, including model Naomi Campbell, Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and Chris and Liam Hemsworth, who are both frequent UAE visitors.

Former tennis player Maria Sharapova was also in the clip that surfaced on X (formerly Twitter). The Russian personality has been a long-time supporter of Hamilton.

British actor Jason Statham was also seen on the tracks, and posed in a selfie with Japanese racer Yuki Tsunoda.

American rapper, singer and record producer Will.i.am was seen again this year, after also attending last year's Grand Prix.

Other notable names who showed up in the UAE capital this year include Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur, football players Kevin De Bruyne, Paul Pogba and Brazilian legend Ronaldo, and Chinese-American actress Liu Yifei.

Updated: November 27, 2023, 5:12 AM