Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about the Yas Marina Circuit ahead of the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix!
?? RACE WINNERS
There have been eleven F1 Grands Prix held at the Yas Marina Circuit. During that time, there have been five different winners of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton has more wins here than any other driver, with five. Mercedes are the team with the most wins at the track with six, while British drivers have had the most victories for a nation at Yas Marina, with five. Mercedes have powered more victories here than any other team, with seven wins in total.
Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are the only drivers to have taken back-to-back wins at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vettel did so in 2009 and 2010 and Hamilton has won in each of the last two seasons.
Four of the five previous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winners are on the 2019 grid, with Nico Rosberg being the only former winner who is absent. Aside from Hamilton’s five wins, Sebastian Vettel has won four times, while Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas have each taken a single victory.
The largest win margin at the Yas Marina Circuit came in 2013, when Sebastian Vettel won by 30.829 seconds. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been won by less than five seconds on five occasions, including in three of the last four events. The smallest win margin here was Lewis Hamilton’s victory in 2016, which he tactically took by 0.439 seconds.
From the eleven races held here so far, the average win margin has been 10.270 seconds.
?? ON THE PODIUM
Eleven different drivers have finished on the podium at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton has had the most top three appearances at the Yas Marina Circuit, with eight.
Mercedes have had more podium finishes here than any other team, with ten, while Britain is the most successful nation in terms of podiums, with eleven top three finishes.
There are six drivers on the 2019 grid who have previously finished on the podium at the Yas Marina Circuit. Aside from Lewis Hamilton who has eight, Sebastian Vettel has seven top three appearances at the track, Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen have each had two, and Charles Leclerc took his first Abu Dhabi podium finish last year.
There have been four occasions when the polesitter has failed to finish on the podium. There’s only been one occasion on which the polesitter here has gone on to finish on the podium without winning the race. That happened in 2013, when polesitter Mark Webber finished second.
The furthest back podium finish at the track came in 2012, when Sebastian Vettel finished third having started from the pit-lane. That’s the only time a podium finish at the track has come from outside the top six on the grid. 2012 is also the only time when none of the top three qualifiers have gone on to finish on the podium.
All of the top three qualifiers have gone on to finish on the podium at Yas Marina on three occasions – in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. The top three finished in the order in which they started in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Both second and third on the grid have had more podium finishes here than the pole slot.
Five different drivers have started from pole at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton has taken more poles here than any other driver, with five starts from the front of the grid. Mercedes have taken the most poles for a team at Yas Marina, with six. British drivers have had the most poles at the track, with five.
There are three previous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix polesitters on the 2020 grid. Lewis Hamilton has taken five, Sebastian Vettel has taken two and Valtteri Bottas took his first Abu Dhabi Grand Prix pole in 2017.
Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have all taken back-to-back poles at the circuit. Vettel took two in a row in 2010 and 2011, Rosberg did the same in 2014 and 2015 and Hamilton has taken pole in each of the last two seasons. No driver has taken more than two consecutive poles at the track.
The largest gap between the slowest and fastest cars in qualifying was 7.197 seconds, which happened in 2015, when Nico Rosberg’s pole time was 7.197 seconds faster than Roberto Mehri’s time for last on the grid.
The largest pole margin at the track came in 2009, when Lewis Hamilton took pole by 0.667 seconds. Meanwhile, the smallest pole margin was in the following season, when Sebastian Vettel took pole by 0.031 seconds. It’s the only time pole has been decided by less than a tenth at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
From the eleven Abu Dhabi Grands Prix held so far at the Yas Marina Circuit, the average pole margin has been 0.264 seconds.
?? SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been won from pole on six occasions, including in all of the last five races held here.
The 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the only race at the Yas Marina Circuit which hasn’t been won from the front row of the grid. That event was won by Kimi Raikkonen, who started from fourth.
?? SUNDAY STATS
Only four races at this track have featured less than ten drivers finishing on the lead lap of the Grand Prix; including in all of the last three seasons.
The Safety Car has made an appearance in only three races at the track – in 2010, 2012 and 2018. The 2012 race is the only one which has featured more than one Safety Car stint, while 2018 also saw the Virtual Safety Car deployed in addition to the actual Safety Car.
There has never been a rain-affected race at the Yas Marina Circuit. Rain did fall during the 2018 event, but not enough to affect the race or make the track wet.
Sebastian Vettel has set the fastest lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on more occasions than any other driver. He’s done so four times.
From the 236 cars which have started a race here, 201 have reached the end of the race. That gives an overall finish rate of 85%.
The 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the Yas Marina race which has seen the most cars finish. 21 of the 22 starters crossed the finish line on that occasion. In 2018, just fifteen cars reached the end of the race; a new record low for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
There is yet to be a red-flagged race at the Yas Marina Circuit.
So far, there have been 605 racing laps completed at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
?? CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
A World Champion has been crowned at this track on three occasions – in 2010, 2014 and 2016.
The winner of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has also gone on to be crowned World Champion in the same season on five occasions. The leader of the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has never failed to go on to win the title.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its sixth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and Motorsport Guides. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.