Abu Dhabi: A symbol of the UAE pride will be painted onto two Formula 1 racing cars for the 2013 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, it was revealed on Thursday.
The ‘Kullunna Khalifa’ logo will be on the side of both Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 cars throughout the weekend. The promotion of Kullunna Khalifa at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been organised by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC). They are already involved with Toro Rosso as Cepsa, Nova Chemicals and Falcon Private Bank are sponsors of the team.
Kullunna Khalifa, which means “We are all Khalifa”, is a message designed to unite everyone in the UAE in being proud of the nation.
“Kullunna Khalifa is something very important to us here at IPIC and we thought this was a wonderful opportunity to promote UAE pride,” said Khadem Al Qubaisi, managing director of IPIC.
“The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a fantastic occasion for everyone in the county. It puts Abu Dhabi in the international spotlight and every year people work so hard to make it all happen.”
Franz Tost, STR Team Principal for the Toro Rosso team, speaking on the occasion said: “The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has become Scuderia Toro Rosso`s highlight of the year… We feel very honoured to race with the symbol of UAE pride, Kullunna Khalifa, on our cars. In addition, Yas Marina is one of the world’s most beautiful race tracks, with a very special atmosphere.”
Team driver Daniel Ricciardo said: “I really enjoy Yas Marina Circuit — it’s definitely in my top three races. The fact that it’s the only twilight race on the calendar ensures there’s always a great atmosphere.”