F1 romance? Fan proposes to girlfriend live at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Matthew Laurent from Birmingham, UK brought his girlfriend, Danielle Cooke, 33, on stage and asked her to marry him. (Supplied)

Who said car races are not romantic?

Formula One fans on Saturday morning watched a British man, Mathew Laurent, 25, bend on one knee and pop the question to his surprised girlfriend live on stage at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

He was lucky; she said “YAS” and set off loud congratulating cheers from the watching racegoers.

Tens of thousands of F1 fans flocked to the UAE capital this weekend to attend the motorsport event held at the state-of-the-art Yas Marina Circuit.

“I was really shocked and had no idea at all this would be happening,” Danielle Cooke, 33, told journalists backstage.

Little did she knew, Laurent had approached Yas Marina Circuit management weeks ago to plan his public proposal and the Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management was eager to help him.

“She only knew we were attending the race when the taxi pulled up at the gates to the circuit this morning,” said Laurent. “I was really nervous just before getting up on stage, but now I am obviously really thrilled that she said yes.”

Cooke confirmed, after overcoming her shock, that she was a “very, very happy woman indeed.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45