Race Facts – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Formula 1’st first twilight race joined the calendar in 2009 at the newly-built Yas Marina Circuit outside Abu Dhabi, and has become firmly established as the final race of the season every November.

The Hermann Tilke-designed circuit is part of the multi-billion dollar Yas Island development, which also includes a marina, Ferrari World theme park, Yas Water World and the Du Arena concert venue. Shopping centers, golf courses and hotels have also been developed on the man-made island. In late 2014, the organizers agreed a new multi-year agreement to keep Abu Dhabi on the Formula 1 calendar for the foreseeable future, though the exact length of the contract was not disclosed. The Yas Marina Circuit has capacity for approximately 60 000 spectators and tickets do sell out, despite being the most expensive on the current F1 calendar.

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Yas Marina Circuit: 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 (21 turns)
Race Distance305.355 km (55 laps)
Lap Record1:40.279, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), 2009
2016 result1st Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:38:04.013
2nd Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) + 0.439s
3rd Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) + 0.843s

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