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Yas Marina Circuit

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02/01/2018

CIRCUIT DIAGRAM

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DETAILS

Yas Marina Circuit

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

Tel: +971 (0) 2 6599 99

Fax:

Official website:
www.yasmarinacircuit.com

STATISTICS (PRIOR TO 2018)

Length:

5.554km (3.451miles)

Race laps:

55

2017 winner:

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

Configuration:

Anti-clockwise

First GP:

2009

Lap record:

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

Type:

Street Circuit

Total races:

9

BIOGRAPHY

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 was constructed with a permanent lighting system 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.

The circuit itself consists of three distinct sectors. The first features two quick sections before giving way to a second sector consisting of two high-speed straights that contain the layout's two DRS zones, each of which ends in heavy braking zones where overtaking is possible. The third sector consists of a complex of low-speed corners that place a premium on aerodynamic grip and balance. With three such different sectors finding the right set-up to meet its many demands can be tricky.

Complicating matters is the circuit's status as a twilight race. The grand prix starts in diminishing daylight, at 5pm local time, and finishes in darkness. This can cause track temperatures to drop as much as 15˚C over the course of the race, potentially causing balance changes that must be taken into account when reaching for the most effective set-up.

Fast Facts - Provided by the FIA

2017 marked the ninth Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It first appeared on the calendar in 2009 and has been a fixture ever since.

Sebastian Vettel (2009, 2010, 2013) and Lewis Hamilton (2011, 2014, 2016) are the most successful drivers at Yas Marina with three wins each. Mercedes and Red Bull Racing are the most successful constructors, likewise tied on three wins each.

Vettel's wins all came for Red Bull but Hamilton is the only driver to have the distinction of winning the race for two constructors, taking his first Abu Dhabi victory for McLaren and the latter pair with Mercedes. The other winners at the circuit are Kimi Raikkonen, who won for Lotus in 2012, and Nico Rosberg, who won for Mercedes in 2015.

Hamilton also has three pole positions, starting from P1 at the inaugural race in 2009, in 2012 and last year. Pole hasn't been particularly lucky: the winner has started from pole three times (2010, 2015, 2016) - but equally, three times (2009, 2011, 2012) the polesitter has recorded a DNF, while 2014 polesitter Rosberg was classified 14th after an ERS failure. The race has been won from second on the grid four times, with Raikkonen's win in 2012 coming from the furthest back. He started fourth.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has always been held in November and has hosted the season finale five times. Three of those have been Drivers' Championship deciders. Victory for Sebastian Vettel in 2010 gave him a first title, ahead of Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber and Hamilton. Victory for Hamilton in 2014 gave him the title ahead of team-mate Rosberg, but second place to Hamilton in 2016 was enough to clinch the title for Rosberg. The Constructors' Championship has never been decided at Yas Marina.

Hamilton has amassed the most points of any driver in Abu Dhabi with 142. The figure is slightly skewed, however, as he won in 2014, a race unique in that it awarded double points.

Pierre Gasly, Brendon Hartley, Lance Stroll and Stoffel Vandoorne all make their Yas Marina F1 debut this weekend. Stroll hasn't raced at Yas but the others have all competed here in GP2. Hartley in the 2010 championship, finishing ninth and sixth shortly after making a late-season debut. Gasly raced at Yas in 2014-2016, taking victory last year in the feature race, helping him to the title. Vandoorne appeared in 2014 and 2015, winning the feature race on both occasions. The Belgian also tested F1 cars at the circuit. He drove the McLaren MP4-29H mule, which ran for five laps over two days when Honda introduced their F1 engine at the end of 2014, but managed 99 laps a year later at the end of season test.

Of the many intra-team battles to be decided this weekend, the tightest are those at Williams, with two points the difference between Massa (42) and Stroll (40), and at McLaren, with Alonso (15) and Vandoorne (13) also separated by two points. The drivers furthest apart are Ferrari's Vettel and Raikkonen, separated by 102 points.

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