F1 Team Form: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Mercedes have won every Yas Marina race in the V6 hybrid era, Ferrari have finished on the podium in all of the last five seasons and Red Bull have not won here since 2013. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix!


MERCEDES

WINS: 6, POLES: 6, PODIUMS: 10

Mercedes have won every Abu Dhabi Grand Prix so far in the hybrid era. The team also took three 1-2 finishes in a row at the track in 2015, 2016 and 2017, while Nico Rosberg’s fourteenth place here in 2014 is the only time a Mercedes car has failed to score at the Yas Marina circuit in the past seven seasons. Mercedes have recorded two DNFs here, both as results of crashes – Michael Schumacher was spun and hit by Vitantonio Liuzzi in 2010, while Nico Rosberg flew over the HRT of Narain Karthikeyan in 2012.

In 2018, Mercedes became the first team to take five consecutive front-row lock-outs at any circuit, having set the two fastest qualifying times here in every season since 2014. They did so for a sixth time in 2019, but Valtteri Bottas was forced to start from the back following an engine penalty. Michael Schumacher’s Q2 exit in 2012 is the only time a Mercedes driver has failed to reach the final part of qualifying at the circuit.


FERRARI

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 7

Though they’ve finished on the podium in all of the last five seasons, Ferrari are yet to take a victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In 2018, Sebastian Vettel became the latest Ferrari driver to finish as runner-up at the Yas Marina Circuit, with Fernando Alonso having done so previously in 2011 and 2012. 2009 marks the only time Ferrari have failed to score here, while Kimi Raikkonen recorded Ferrari’s first and so far only DNF at the circuit in 2018.

Ferrari have never taken pole position, nor qualified on the front row, at the Yas Marina Circuit. Their best qualifying result here is third, which they’ve achieved four times in total, three of those occasions being in the past five years. Fernando Alonso’s Q2 exit in 2013 and Sebastian Vettel’s Q1 exit in 2015 are the only times since 2010 that a Ferrari driver has failed to reach the final part of qualifying at the circuit. In 2009, neither driver reached Q3; the only time so far that has happened here.


RED BULL

WINS: 3, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 8

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull took victory at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The German gave them another two wins here, in 2010 and 2013, but the team haven’t been victorious at the track since. Max Verstappen’s third place in 2018 marked the first time Red Bull finished on the podium at the track since their last 1-2 finish in 2013 and he followed that up by finishing as runner-up last season. The team have suffered three DNFs at Yas Marina but every time their cars have reached the finish line, they’ve always finished in points-paying positions.

Red Bull have never failed to reach the final part of qualifying at the track, however Sebastian Vettel was excluded from qualifying here in 2012 after running out of fuel, while both their cars were excluded in 2014 for having illegal front wings. The team have taken three poles in total at the track, but haven’t qualified on the front row since their last front-row lock-out here in 2013. After qualifying third in 2019, Max Verstappen started from the front row following a grid penalty for Valtteri Bottas. A Red Bull driver has qualified in sixth for the event in all of the last four seasons.


McLAREN

WINS: 1, POLES: 2, PODIUMS: 4

Lewis Hamilton’s win at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix remains McLaren’s only victory here so far. In 2010 and 2011, both Hamilton and Jenson Button finished on the podium, but the team haven’t finished on the podium since then, and haven’t finished in the top seven in any of the last five seasons. 2009 and 2015 are the only seasons where neither McLaren picked up points at the Yas Marina Circuit, while 2019 marked the first time that both McLaren drivers have scored points at the track since 2011.

A McLaren qualified on the front row for all of the first four Abu Dhabi Grands Prix, with Lewis Hamilton taking pole in 2009 and 2012. Between 2015 and 2018, Fernando Alonso’s ninth place in qualifying in 2016 was the only time a McLaren driver has qualified in the top ten. Last year, both Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz qualified in the top ten, with Norris’ seventh place being their best qualifying result since 2014. 2010, 2011 and 2012 are the only other seasons in which the team has reached Q3 with both cars. Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne in 2015 and 2018 respectively are the only McLaren drivers to have been eliminated in Q1 at the circuit.


RENAULT

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

For the first time in their return to the sport, both Renault drivers finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year. In the three preceding years, one of their cars had failed to reach the chequered flag. Neither car scored last season however. The team’s best result since their comeback is sixth, scored in both 2017 and 2018. The team’s only better result came back in 2010, when Robert Kubica finished fifth, just ahead of team-mate Vitaly Petrov. It’s the only time both Renault drivers have scored at this track. In their Lotus guise, the Enstone team won the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Kimi Raikkonen.

2019 marked the first time that both Renault drivers have qualified in the top ten at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Qualifying in eighth and tenth, neither Daniel Ricciardo nor Nico Hulkenberg were able to beat the team’s best qualifying position of seventh in 2017, set by Hulkenberg. Prior to their comeback, Vitaly Petrov’s top ten appearance in 2010 is the only other time that a Renault driver has reached Q3 here. Since their return, Kevin Magnussen’s eighteenth position in 2016 is the only time one of their cars has exited in Q1.


ALPHATAURI

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

The former Toro Rosso team have scored only six points at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With Daniil Kvyat finishing ninth in 2019, it was the first time a Toro Rosso driver had scored at the event since Daniel Ricciardo in 2012. The team also have the lowest finish rate of any current team at the circuit, having recorded six non-finishes – including a double DNF in 2016.

For the first time since 2015, neither Toro Rosso driver was eliminated in Q1 at the track in 2019. It ended a three-year streak of double Q1 eliminations. The team have reached Q3 four times at the Yas Marina Circuit, but Daniil Kvyat’s fifth place in qualifying in 2014 is the only time that a Toro Rosso driver has qualified above tenth place.


RACING POINT

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

The Silverstone-based team have scored at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in every season since 2011. Nico Hulkenberg, Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll’s retirements in 2012, 2018 and 2019 are the only occasions since 2011 that their cars have failed to score at the circuit. Their best finish here came under their Force India guise in 2015, when Sergio Perez scored a fifth place finish.

2019 was the first time since 2014 that neither of the team’s cars have appeared in Q3 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Sergio Perez supplied their best qualifying position here, with fourth in 2015. Since 2010, Paul di Resta in 2013 is the only one of their drivers to have been eliminated in Q1.


ALFA ROMEO

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

In 2018, Charles Leclerc finished seventh for Sauber at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, marking their only points-scoring race at the track since 2012. Nick Heidfeld’s fifth place in the first race at the track in 2009 remains the former Sauber team’s best result to date, while Kamui Kobayashi is the only other Sauber driver to have scored here, finishing tenth in 2011 and sixth in 2012. Both drivers finished outside the points on the team’s first appearance as Alfa Romeo last season. Marcus Ericsson’s retirement on his final appearance in 2018 is the only time that one of their cars has not finished the race.

The Alfa Romeo team have suffered three double Q1 exits in the last four seasons, while 2018 is the only season that neither of their cars has been eliminated in Q1 in the last seven years. Since 2014, Charles Leclerc is the only Sauber driver to have reached Q3 here, doing so by qualifying eighth. 2009 remains the only year where both Sauber drivers have reached the final part of qualifying at the Yas Marina Circuit.


HAAS

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

After Ferrari and Sauber’s first retirements here in 2018, Haas are now the only current team with a 100% finish rate at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Romain Grosjean finished ninth and Kevin Magnussen finished tenth in 2018, that being Haas’ only points scoring appearance so far at the Yas Marina circuit. Grosjean’s fifteenth place finish last year is the team’s worst result so far at the track.

Romain Grosjean is the only Haas driver to have reached Q3 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, doing so in 2018 and qualifying in seventh. The Frenchman’s Q1 exits in 2017 and 2019 are the only times that a Haas car has been eliminated in the first part of qualifying at the Yas Marina Circuit.


WILLIAMS

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 2

With a 2-3 finish, 2014 is the only season in which Williams have recorded podium finishes at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. 2012 is the only other year where both of their cars have finished in the points, while 2019 marked the sixth time that the team walked away from the track point-less. Valtteri Bottas’ retirement here in 2016, on his final race appearance with Williams, is the only time the team have recorded a DNF at the track.

Williams recorded a double Q1 exit for the second season in succession at the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Rubens Barrichello, who failed to set a time in qualifying in 2011, was the only Williams driver who had been eliminated in Q1 before 2018. The team’s best qualifying performance here is third, which both Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas achieved in 2012 and 2014 respectively. In each of the last two seasons, their drivers could only qualify on the back row of the grid.

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