The now traditional venue for the season finale, the sleek and futuristic Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi holds a Grand Prix which starts at dusk and ends under floodlights.
|FIRST F1 RACE||2009|
|TRACK LENGTH||3.451 miles|
|NUMBER OF LAPS||56|
|NUMBER OF TURNS||21|
|MOST POLES||Lewis Hamilton (3)|
|MOST WINS||Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel (3)|
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
The Yas Island is a man-made island located to the east of Abu Dhabi’s main island. Work on the Yas Island began in 2006 at a cost of $40 billion. The Yas Island is a leisure complex, which houses a golf course, shopping centres, hotels, a Ferrari-themed theme park and, of course, the Yas Marina Circuit.
After a circuit had been built in Dubai and had unsuccessfully bid to host a Formula One race, Abu Dhabi – the lead emirate in the United Arab Emirates – put plans together for their own circuit. The deal was formally announced in early 2007 at a special ‘Formula One Festival’ held in Abu Dhabi.
Building of the circuit began in May 2007. As was the case when the Bahrain International Circuit was built, the track surface was shipped from Shropshire, England, as the aggregate offers the best grip available to F1 cars. In June 2008, Abu Dhabi’s place as the season-closing event was confirmed when the FIA revealed the calendar for the 2009 F1 season. The oil-rich country wanted a Grand Prix event to boost its identity, and hosting the season closing event has certainly helped that.
Herman Tilke designed the track, which features a mammoth 21 turns. The track has some distinguishing features, including a pit exit which runs underneath the track. Between turns eighteen and nineteen, the track runs underneath the magnificent Yas Viceroy hotel. The track was opened in October 2009 and the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was held just a month later, as it became the second location in the Middle East to hold a Formula One event. It was also the first race which started in the daytime and ended under floodlights.
The circuit received a mixed reception following the first running there, with Kimi Raikkonen summing up the general reaction by saying: “the first few turns are quite good, but the rest of it is shit”. The track is often criticised for its lack of overtaking opportunities. At the end of the 2017, designer Tilke said that he was looking at ways to create more overtaking at the track.
The Yas Marina Circuit currently holds a multi-year contract to host the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which was signed in 2014. It is unknown when the contract ends.
🇦🇪 DID YOU KNOW?
- The Yas Marina circuits has an unusual start to the circuit. The tight left-hand turn – a result of the track being anti-clockwise – is one of few such openings to a lap on the F1 calendar.
- Etihad Airways have sponsored the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix since its inception.
- The floodlights are turned on from the start of the Grand Prix, ensuring a seamless transition to night racing as the sun goes down.
- The track has a capacity for up to 60,000 fans.
- Bruno Senna was the first driver to complete a test lap of the circuit.
- The track itself cost $1.3 billion to build.
🇦🇪 WHY WE LOVE ABU DHABI
POLESITTERS AT THE YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
GRAND PRIX WINNERS AT THE YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
|2009||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault|
|2010||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault|
|2013||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault|