2015 Track Preview; Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina

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Nico Rosberg wins the Brazilian Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton in second place and Sebastian Vettel in third place. Force India, Red Bull and Williams managed to also achieve points finishes in the race as well.

Heading into the final weekend of the Formula One calendar, it was announced on Wednesday morning that the F1 Commission has rejected an alternative engine proposal to save costs in  the sport. To read more about this, then please read my article here:- https://jonesonf1.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/f1-commission-rejects-alternative-engine-proposal/.

Also, it is Romain Grosjean’s last race for Lotus as he moves on to drive for the Haas F1 team for the 2016 season. Even though both parties have had good times and bad times, they will miss each other and will have fond memories. And I hope they have a good weekend and get a result that is worthy of the time they have worked together.

The Yas Marina Circuit is located on Yas Island, about 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Approximately 50,000 spectators can view the action on the circuit from permanent, covered grandstands that protect visitors from the desert sun. It is the only motorsports venue in the world where all of the grandstands are covered.

The circuit is 5.55 kilometers long and can be split into two smaller tracks of 3.1 kilometers and 2.4 kilometers, which can operate simultaneously where desired. A total of 21 corners with 9 right turns and 12 left turns.

The width of the circuit fluctuates from 12-16 meters. The direction is anti-clockwise. The track has a lot of hairpins and long straights and there is few potential overtaking places. The pit lane entry is very challenging, as is the exit, which runs underneath the track in a tunnel.

At 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, for the first time in Formula 1 history, a race was scheduled to start in daylight and end during night-time. The race was started approximately one hour before sunset. The permanent lighting system was turned on from the start of the race to ensure a seamless transition from daylight to dark.

The world’s largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, is also located on Yas Island. The park hosts more than 20 rides and attractions. One of the attractions, Formula Rossa, has the same G force one would feel driving in an F1 car and braking at maximum speed. It is the world’s fastest roller coaster, powered through the 2.07 km track at speeds up to 240 km/h, reaching 0-100 km/h in less than two seconds.

Here are the facts and figures heading into the final race weekend of the season…

Facts and Figures:-

  • Yas Marina has hosted the Grand Prix since 2009.
  • Sebastian Vettel is the most successful driver currently at the track with three wins.
  • Red Bull is the most successful constructor to win the Grand Prix with three wins.
  • Race distance: 305.35km (189.74 miles)
  • Number of turns: 21
  • Top speed: 315kph
  • Lap record: Sebastian Vettel- Red Bull (2009)- 1.40.279

Last Five Winners from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix:-

  • 2010- Sebastian Vettel
  • 2011-Lewis Hamilton
  • 2012-Kimi Raikkonen
  • 2013-Sebastian Vettel
  • 2014- Lewis Hamilton

My top five finishers of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix:-

In no particular order, here’s my top five predictions for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as follows:-

  1. Nico Rosberg
  2. Lewis Hamilton
  3. Sebastian Vettel
  4. Kimi Raikkonen
  5. Daniel Ricciardo

Based on what the top five drivers have managed to achieve so far this season, I believe that Rosberg has to beat Hamilton this weekend again in order to show that he can win races and that he is still just as good as his team mate.

Hamilton will also want to win this weekend to show why he is this year’s champion. But Sebastian Vettel I believe could challenge the Mercedes pairing this race; provided that Ferrari keep going in the same direction they are currently. And finally, I believe that Raikkonen and Ricciardo could both have solid weekends provided that they are able to get the right set ups on their cars over the weekend.

Do you agree with my predictions for this weekend? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Sky Sports F1 are showing uninterrupted coverage of every Practice session, Qualifying and race for the Grand Prix (and every race of the season) and the BBC also are showing coverage, details for both are below:-

  • Sky Sports F1:- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 8.45pm and 12.45pm [Replays throughout Friday], Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 9.45pm and 12.00pm [Replays throughout Saturday], Sunday (Race) 11.30pm
  • BBC:- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 8.55am and 1.00pm, Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 9.55am and 12.10pm, Sunday (Race and Race Highlights) 12.10pm and 7.00pm
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