Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: fans treated to spectacular flypast

Al Fursan jets were joined by an Etihad Boeing 737 over Yas Marina Circuit

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The excitement at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix wasn't found only on the track but in the sky too, as race-goers were treated to a spectacular flypast.

The sky was filled with streaks of red, white, green and black as Al Fursan aerial display team whizzed above Yas Marina Circuit in the UAE capital in their Aermacchi MB-339A jets.

They were joined by an Etihad Airways Boeing 787 Greenliner before the final race of the 2021 Formula One season began.

The GEnX engine powered 787 is about 15 to 20 per cent more fuel-efficient than similar aircraft and the Greenliner programme tests initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and improve sustainability for the whole aviation industry.

Al Fursan’s jets flew perfectly in tandem as they passed 180 metres above the starting grid in time with the end of the national anthem.

The team have been a regular sight in the UAE skies, performing at National Day celebrations and Dubai Airshow.

This year’s Grand Prix was set to be one of the most exciting in the history of the sport, with drivers Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton level on points going into the race.

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Updated: December 13, 2021, 6:06 AM
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