After revealing that it will host a Formula One Festival on February 3rd, the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has announced an agreement of attendance from eight teams so far. McLaren, Honda, Toyota, BMW-Sauber, Super Aguri, Toro Rosso, Spyker and Red Bull are all expected to take part in the event.
"We are delighted at the caliber of the line-up of F1 talent confirmed to come to Abu Dhabi for the F1 Festival, making this event the largest gathering of teams and drivers outside of a Grand Prix," said His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nayhan, chairman of the ADTA. "This is just the first raft of confirmations. We are encouraging everyone to come to the venue early on February 3rd and see their heroes in action."
The specially designed 4 km street circuit will run along Abu Dhabi's waterfront, from the Emirates Palace to the Marina Mall. "We would like as many people as possible to enjoy the event and so it will be free and open to the public," Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nayhan said when the announcement was made at the beginning of this week.
Reigning world champion Fernando Alonso is set to drive the McLaren and among other racers confirmed are Honda's Rubens Barrichello, Toyota's Ralf Schumacher, Toro Rosso's Scott Speed and Spyker's Christijan Albers. Bernie Ecclestone is also expected to attend the event, raising speculation that it will soon be confirmed Abu Dhabi will host a Grand Prix in the future.