The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the Grand Finale of the Formula 1 Season. The first race took place on 1 November 2009, held at the Hermann Tilke designed Yas Marina Circuit. For the 2009 season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was added to the schedule. It was provisionally announced as being held on 15 November 2009, as the 19th and final Grand Prix of the season
The inaugural race was Formula One's first ever day–night race, starting at 17:00 local time. Floodlights are used to illuminate the circuit and switched on from the start of the event to ensure a seamless transition from daylight to darkness.