PREVIEW – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Features

The final round of the season sees F1 head to Abu Dhabi and for a race at dusk as the sunsets on the season. First held in 2009 the circuit built around a desert island gives drivers a challenge as the light drops making conditions difficult to see. The circuit has many different elements a long fast flowing first half before a street stlye final sector around the harbour and paddock.

The circuit features a long back straight where cars zoom along in front of the fans providing lots of opportunities for overtaking. There is also a pit lane where the exit dips under the circuit so cars re-join from the inside after turn two, this has not caught many out over the last few years.

Abu Dhabi has been and once again will be the setting for the title decider as the sunsets over the desert. Will it be Nico becoming only the second son of champion or can Lewis steel his best friends’ title to be a four time champion? One thing we know is Mercedes have been strong here in the hybrid era but Red Bull have been quite strong so they may cause an upset!

Facts and figures

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Race الاتحاد للطيران سباق جائزة أبوظبي الكبرى

(Ethaid Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix)

Venue Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island
Circuit Length 5.554 km (3.451 mi)
Laps 55
Race Distance 305.470 km (189.810 mi)
Lap Record 1:40.279 (Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, 2009)
Most wins drivers Sebastian Vettel (3)
Most wins manufacture Red Bull (3)

Event timetable

  Local BST
Friday
P1 13:00-14:30 09:00-10:30
P2 17:00-18:30 13:00-14:30
Saturday
P3 14:00-15:00 10:00-11:00
Qualifying  17:00-18:00 13:00-14:00
Sunday
Race 17:00-19:00 13:00-15:00

What happened in 2015?

Nico Rosberg took control of the race causing world champion Lewis Hamilton to change his strategy in order to unsuccessfully try and catch him. But Hamilton got caught in traffic when he tried going back onto the same strategy as Rosberg. Kimi Raikkonen finished third while Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel recovered from fifteenth to finish fourth.

Full Race Report Full Result

2015 vs 2014 Race Data

  P1 Fastest P2 Fastest P3 Fastest Q1 Fastest Q2 Fastest Q3 Fastest Race Time Fastest Lap
2015 01:43.753 01:41.983 01:41.856 01:40.974 01:40.758 01:40.237 01:38:30.175 01:44.517
+0.277 -0.130 -0.432 -0.233 -0.162 -0.243 -01:28.564 +0.021
2014 01:43.476 01:42.113 01:41.424 01:41.207 01:40.920 01:40.480 01:39:02.619 01:44.496

Tyres

Driver Ultra soft Super soft Soft
HAMILTON 7 2 4
ROSBERG 7 2 4
VETTEL 7 1 5
RAIKKONEN 7 2 4
BOTTAS 7 2 4
MASSA 7 1 5
RICCARDO 6 2 5
VERSTAPPEN 6 2 5
MAGNUSSEN 6 2 5
PLAMER 6 3 4
HULKENBERG 8 2 3
PEREZ 7 3 3
KYVAT 7 2 4
SAINZ 7 2 4
BUTTON 7 1 5
ALONSO 7 1 5
ERICSSON 6 4 3
NASR 6 4 3
OCON 6 3 4
WEHRLEIN 6 3 4
GROSJEAN 7 2 4
GUTIERREZ 7 3 3
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