Hamilton finds his swagger under the desert lights
The Abu Dhabi and Indian Grands Prix put on completely different shows for Formula 1, one is for the masses, the other an exclusive VIP paradise. Lee McKenzie details the culture shock and why she enjoyed both events
India to Abu Dhabi: if you ever fancy a culture shock then this is the trip for you. While India gave Formula 1 a heart, enthusiasm and a raw feel to the sport again, Abu Dhabi shows what endless amounts of money can give the sport.
India had people standing on the back of trucks and trying to gain any vantage point to see F1 cars in action for the first time. Abu Dhabi has much more of a corporate feel – even while I was standing outside Red Bull for almost an hour waiting for Sebastian Vettel to emerge during the race, there were so many people not watching the race but waiting to get a picture of Sebastian speaking to the media.
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