December date for Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix confirmed

Season will again end at the Yas Marina track as final races are announced

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The Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been confirmed for December 13 and will again bring the curtain down on the 2020 Formula One season.

In a campaign truncated because of the pandemic, the race will take place without spectators and Yas Island will be transformed into an ‘F1 biosphere’.

Four Grands Prix in three countries – Turkey, Bahrain and the UAE – will end the calendar on a total of 17 races, the lowest since 2009.

The Turkish Grand Prix on November 15 marks a return to the Istanbul Park track for the first time in nine years.

Bahrain will host two races, on November 29 and December 6, before the season concludes at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina track.

It will be the latest global sporting event to be held in the UAE using bio-secure bubble conditions, following the successful staging of UFC's Fight Island in July and after the upcoming Indian Premier League cricket tournament, which is due to start on September 19.

Chase Carey, chief executive of the Formula One Group, said: “We are delighted that we will be upholding our traditional end-of-season race with our valued and special partners at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

“While this season has been challenging for everyone, we can think of no better place to bring the 2020 season to an end and look forward to completing our 17-race calendar.”

Lewis Hamilton currently leads the drivers’ championship by 37 points and is looking to secure a seventh title, which would bring him level with German driver Michael Schumacher’s record total.