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Yas Marina Circuit

Yas Marina Circuit
Yas Island
P.O Box 130001
United Arab Emirates

Tel: +971 (0) 2 6599 99


Official website:



5.554km (3.451miles)

Race laps:


2013 winner:

Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)



First GP:


Lap record:

1:40.279 (Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 2009)


Street Circuit

Total races:



The Yas Marina Circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke and is situated on Yas Island, about 30 minutes from the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi.

The twenty-one corners twist through the man-made island off the Abu Dhabi coast, passing by the marina and through the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel and winding its way through sand dunes, with several long straights and tight corners. The marina-based development includes a theme park, a water park, as well as residential areas, hotels and beaches.

The circuit has five grandstand areas and part of its pit lane exit runs underneath the track. It also houses a team building behind the pit building, Media Centre, Dragster Track, VIP Tower and Ferrari World Theme Park. Additionally, one of the gravel traps runs underneath the West grandstand.

The circuit, which was built by main contractor Cebarco-WCT WLL, under contract from developer Aldar Properties, was constructed with a permanent lighting system provided by Musco Lighting, similar to that also installed at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. Yas Marina Circuit is the largest permanent sports venue lighting project in the world; previously that title was held by Losail.

The track surface is made of Graywacke aggregate, shipped to Abu Dhabi from a Bayston Hill quarry in Shropshire, England. The surface material is highly acclaimed by circuit bosses and F1 drivers for its high level of grip it offers. The same aggregate material is used at the Bahrain International Circuit.

A two day GP2 Asia Series test was held to officially open the circuit, which was held a week before the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2009.

The Circuit

Turn 1 is medium speed, around 80 mph, leading into the high speed Turns 2 and 3 which should be flat out in qualifying and only something for the drivers to think about when they are on heavy fuel loads.

Turn 2 is a defining corner for set-up. You need sufficient front wing to eradicate high speed understeer and this defines how much front wing is used as the other corners can all use less than this one.

Turn 5 has one of the bigger braking demands on the circuit, down from around 186 mph. Good engine pickup out of Turn 7 is vital for to enter the longest straight of the track. Turn 7 is a second gear corner, taken at around 44 mph.

The fastest part of the circuit, at the end of one of the longest straights in F1 with a maximum speed of around 200 mph. It's followed by heavy braking down to second gear and around 50 mph. The kerbs are used aggressively through Turns 8 - 9 so a soft car is beneficial here.

Another long straight with a top speed of over 185 mph which leads into a heavy braking zone for Turn 11. Turns 11-13 need a good change of direction from the car.

Between Turns 11 and 21 is all very low speed with a lot of second gear corners, very reminiscent of a street course without actually being a street course.

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