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Russian national, Igor Kobelev gets a little help from F1 legend, Mark Webber as he proposes to girlfriend at Main Oasis area of Yas Marina Circuit moments before the start of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Race fans at the stunning Yas Marina Circuit witnessed a public marriage proposal when Russian national Igor Kobelev went down on one knee and proposed to his unsuspecting girlfriend live on stage, with the help of former F1 star, Mark Webber, this afternoon.

In the build up to the 2015 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX hundreds of F1 fans gathered in front of the stage in the Main Oasis area at Yas Marina Circuit to listen to Webber as he answered questions that had been sent to him via Twitter.  

The questions suddenly changed though as Igor Kobelev, 29 from Russia appeared on stage before asking his girlfriend, Sue Salleh, 31, from Singapore, to marry him.

Luckily for Kobelev, she said yes and the crowd, led by Webber cheered their congratulations.

Kobelev revealed he had been planning the proposal for weeks with Yas Marina Circuit and the events team from Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management were only too delighted to help out and decided it would make the F1 fans even happier to have Mark Webber involved.

Speaking backstage after the proposal, Salleh was overwhelmed and admitted she had no idea what was happening as she was asked up on stage.

Salleh said: “It felt so surreal to be stood there, getting proposed to next to Mark Webber.

“I’m shocked and surprised and delighted! Mark Webber needs to come to the wedding!”

Kobelev said afterwards that he and his new fiancé are both massive F1 fans and to have Webber involved was the icing on the cake: “All I feel at the moment is relief! But I’m very happy, and to have Mark there was really great”

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