Background, history and interesting facts about the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix at Yas Marina.
Since its first race in 2009, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has established a strong presence on the F1 calendar. The only twilight race on the calendar is held on the impressive Yas Island outside the center of the city. Despite holding a late-season calendar slot for most of its existence, the Yas Marina circuit has only hosted one championship decider in 2010, when Sebastian Vettel won the race to take out his first world driver’s championship. The Hermann Tilke-designed circuit has a multi-year contract in place to hold a Grand Prix past 2016. The Yas Marina has a spectator capacity of approximately 60 000 spectators, one of the lowest on the current F1 calendar. Tickets do sell out, despite being the most expensive on the current F1 calendar.
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Did you know?
- Yas Marina has an advanced track design with six different configurations to suit different racing series.
- A tunnel is part of the pit-lane exit and the Yas Viceroy Hotel straddles the circuit between turns 18-19.
- Abu Dhabi is the only current F1 race that’s named after its host city rather than its host country.
- The drivers are on full power for 69% of a lap at Yas Marina, including over 14 seconds on the back straight (the longest straight in Formula 1). Drivers make an average of 68 gear changes per lap 0r 3740 gear changes over the full 55-lap race distance.
- Kimi Raikkonen returned to F1 in 2012 after a two-year hiatus and took a popular victory at Yas Marina for Lotus.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Facts
|Circuit Name||Yas Marina Circuit|
|Race first held||2009|
|Number of Turns||21|
|Race Distance||55 laps / 305.355 km|
|Lap Record||1:40.279, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), 2009|
|2015 result||1st Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:38:30.175|
|2nd Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) + 8.271s|
|3rd Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) + 19.43s|
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