?? THE 2020 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX
ROUND 17. 11th – 13th December.
1039TH F1 GRAND PRIX | 12TH ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX | 12TH GRAND PRIX AT YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
2019 POLESITTER: LEWIS HAMILTON | 2019 WINNER: LEWIS HAMILTON
Friday 11th December
Free Practice 1 (1pm Local Time/ 9am UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (5pm Local Time/ 1pm UK Time)
Saturday 12th December
Free Practice 3 (2pm Local Time/ 10am UK Time)
Qualifying (5pm Local Time/ 1pm UK Time)
Sunday 13th December
The 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (5:10pm Local Time/ 1:10pm UK Time)
- Track limits will be monitored at the final turn over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend. If a driver runs wide at Turn 21, they will have their current lap time and their next lap time deleted.
?? WEEKEND MILESTONES AND RECORDS
- This weekend, Yas Marina will surpass Watkins Glen as the circuit to have hosted the second-most season-closing races, with nine, behind only Adelaide (11). United Arab Emirates will also surpass Japan as the country to have held the third-most season finales (nine, behind USA on 12 and Australia on 11).
- Sebastian Vettel can equal Lewis Hamilton’s record of eight podium finishes at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend. He can only do so if he finishes on the podium and Hamilton fails to finish in the top three.
- While a win for Lewis Hamilton would make him the first driver to have taken three consecutive wins at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, a pole position would make him the first driver to have taken three consecutive poles at the track.
- If Mercedes score one point in the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, they will become the first team to have scored 300 points at the Yas Marina Circuit, while a point for Ferrari would make them the third team to reach 200 points at the track.
- If Nicholas Latifi fails to finish the race, he will be the third driver to join the 100% DNF club at the Yas Marina Circuit. The other drivers to have never finished on any appearance at the track are Jérôme d’Ambrosio and Narain Karthikeyan.
You can find more information about the records which could be beaten this weekend in our Milestones and Records to Break post.
ALL THE INFO
Click the links below to see all the stats and circuit history you could need ahead of the race!
- Yas Marina Circuit: The Ultimate Track Guide
- Yas Marina Circuit Track Stats
- Milestones and Records to Break
- Team Form
- Driver Form
- Grid Slot Stats
- 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Statistics
- 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Statistics
2019 RACE RECAP
Another season of Formula 1 came to an end at the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which World Champion Lewis Hamilton won in dominant fashion.
After a crash in Free Practice, Sebastian Vettel spun in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but it had little impact on his session. On the other side of the Ferrari garage, Charles Leclerc missed out on setting a final lap time after not crossing the finish line in time. Lewis Hamilton took pole position and Valtteri Bottas set the second fastest time, but the Finn was forced to start from the back following a grid penalty for a change of engine. Instead, Max Verstappen started alongside Hamilton on the front row, but was unable to get ahead at the first turn. Leclerc overtook Verstappen later in the lap, and Sebastian Vettel also challenged the Red Bull driver. Pierre Gasly had been hit by both Racing Point drivers at the opening corner and was forced to pit as a result. On Lap 13, Ferrari tried a double stop, but it led to a slow release for Vettel, who was second in the queue. As Leclerc lapped George Russell, Verstappen took it as an opportunity to pass Leclerc, putting him up to second place. Leclerc tried to fight back, but the Red Bull pulled away. Further back, Bottas finished his fight through the field with a pass on Alex Albon for fourth place. Hamilton remained unchallenged at the front and took an eleventh win of the season. On the last lap, Sergio Perez pulled off what he called one of the best overtakes of his career on Lando Norris, while Norris’ team-mate Carlos Sainz passed Nico Hulkenberg to secure himself sixth in the Drivers’ Championship. As the chequered flag flew, the drivers partook in donuts to celebrate the passing of another season.
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. In previous seasons a maximum of six drivers have been selected to partake in each press conference. However, all 20 drivers will be appearing in the Drivers’ Press Conference at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, which will take place virtually.
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. Appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend will be:
- Zak Brown (McLaren)
- Otmar Szafnauer (Racing Point)
- Cyril Abiteboul (Renault)
- Frédéric Vasseur (Alfa Romeo)
- Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda)
- Simon Roberts (Williams)
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend will be Mika Salo.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
FASTEST EVER LAP
The C3 (Hard), C4 (Medium) and C5 (Soft) tyre compounds will be used for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend. Pirelli will supply each driver with the same number of each compound of tyre at every race in 2020.
RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION
|Free Practice 1||1:39.006 (Sebastian Vettel)
||1:38.491 (Max Verstappen)||1:36.957 (Valtteri Bottas)|
|Free Practice 2||1:37.877 (Lewis Hamilton)
||1:37.236 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:36.256 (Valtteri Bottas)|
|Free Practice 3||1:37.627 (Lewis Hamilton)
||1:37.176 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:36.566 (Max Verstappen)|
|Qualifying||1:36.231 (Valtteri Bottas)
||1:34.794 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:34.779 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Grand Prix||1:40.650 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:40.867 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:39.283 (Lewis Hamilton)|