The Formula One finale will remain in Abu Dhabi until 2030, organisers announced on Thursday before Sunday’s conclusion to this year’s sensational battle for the world title.
The Yas Marina Circuit, which has been altered before the 2021 race to improve overtaking opportunities, will be the location where the championship is won or lost.
Mercedes’ seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen are tied on points going into Sunday’s final race.
Only once has someone who did not qualify on the front row of the grid gone on to win in Abu Dhabi.
The race is one of four in the Middle East, with Qatar and Saudi Arabia making their debuts this year on long-term contracts and Bahrain an established fixture.
Abu Dhabi first hosted Formula One in 2009 and is one of the most lucrative races for commercial rights holders Liberty Media.
“We are delighted to confirm that we will be racing in Abu Dhabi until 2030 under this new agreement,” F1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali said.
“We are hugely looking forward to the season finale this weekend when more Formula 1 history will be made.”
In 2010 (Sebastian Vettel), 2014 (Hamilton) and 2016 (Nico Rosberg), the world championship was decided in Abu Dhabi.
with PA and DPA