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Race Facts – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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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 NameYas Marina Circuit
Race first held 2009
Track Length5.554km
Number of Turns21
Race Distance55 laps / 305.355 km
Lap Record1:40.279, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), 2009
2015 result1st Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:38:30.175
2nd Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) + 8.271s
3rd Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) + 19.43s
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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of F1Destinations.com. He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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