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14Watch the McLaren MP4-12C hit the dunes of Abu Dhabi

The Middle East is an enormously vital market for McLaren, and not just because its oil barons have the cash to buy as many MP4-12C supercars as they and every member of their family could possibly want. While the team has only won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix once and has yet to do the same at the Bahrain Grand Prix – the only two in the region (discounting Turkey), the company is part owned by Saudi businessman Mansour Ojjeh, and another part by the royal family of Bahrain.

5Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix sets up final dash for second place [spoilers]

The ongoing revolutions in the Middle East may have put the kibosh on the Bahrain Grand Prix this year, but the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was campaigned as planned against the setting Arabian sun. Follow the jump to read how the penultimate race of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship went down at Yas Island.

27Video: Ferrari test driver Marc Gene flogs the California

Marc Gene goes joyriding the Ferrari California – Click above to watch video after the jump

38Sheikh, Rattle and Rolls: Another special Phantom for Abu Dhabi

Rolls-Royce Phantom Yas Eagle edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

24Abu Dhabi F1 track has everything but loopdy loops

Click above for high-res gallery of the Abu Dhabi F1 track

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