Behind the scenes at Yas Marina with FIA safety car driver Bernd Maylander

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The final Formula 1 race of the 2016 season takes place at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

The first driver on track however, isn’t one of F1s reigning superstars. That privilege belongs to Bernd Maylander, the official FIA safety car driver.

Maylander, a 45-year-old German ,is a former successful touring-car racer. He took the wheel of the FIA’s official race safety car back in 2000, and has been the safety car driver at every F1 race since, including the final race of the season Sunday in Abu Dhabi.

“Yas Marina Circuit is a fantastic place to race,” he said. “The track architect is a good friend of mine and it feels like home. There are short slow corners, good opportunities to overtake, and high speeds on the two long straights. It’s a big test of driver skill.”

Maylander’s preparation begins on Thursday . He mulls over race schedules, Circuit maps, and rules and regulations with FIA race director, Charlie Whiting.

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