1079th F1 GRAND PRIX | 14th ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX | 14th GRAND PRIX AT YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
2021 POLESITTER: MAX VERSTAPPEN | 2021 WINNER: MAX VERSTAPPEN
The sun sets on another Formula 1 season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is set to take place on November 18-20.
Friday 18th November
Free Practice 1 – 2:00pm Local Time / 10:00am UK Time
Free Practice 2 – 5:00pm Local Time / 1:00pm UK Time
Saturday 19th November
Free Practice 3 – 3:00pm Local Time / 11:00am UK Time
Qualifying- 8:00pm Local Time / 2:00pm UK Time
Sunday 20th November
The 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – 5:00pm Local Time / 1:00pm UK Time
The 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be the second F1 race held on November 20th. The only other race held on this date was the 1960 United States Grand Prix.
If Max Verstappen wins the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, he would become the first driver to win the event in three consecutive seasons. Pole position would see him become the first driver to take three successive poles at Yas Marina Circuit.
Mercedes hold the record for most victories at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with six. While Mercedes could extend their record this weekend, Red Bull could also score their sixth win at the event this weekend. Similarly, Mercedes currently have six poles here compared to Red Bull’s five.
Lewis Hamilton could equal Sebastian Vettel’s record of four fastest laps at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend. Vettel himself could extend his record to five.
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WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE F1’S LAST VISIT TO YAS MARINA CIRCUIT?
Details of track changes since the last race will be added here.
HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE 2022 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX?
It’s yet to be announced how many DRS zones there will be at the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
YAS MARINA TRACK GUIDE
The now traditional venue for Formula 1’s season finale, the sleek and futuristic Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi holds a Grand Prix which starts at dusk and ends under floodlights.
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.
WHO WILL BE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE?
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers before practice on Friday morning. The drivers appearing in the press conference for this race are yet to be announced.
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are yet to be announced.
WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR?
It has not yet been announced who will be the race director at the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
WHO WILL BE THE DRIVER STEWARD?
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 is yet to be announced.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED?
In 2022, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli. Pirelli are yet to announce which tyre compounds they will supply for this race weekend.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME AT THE ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX?
Perhaps the most highly anticipated title showdown in Formula 1 history was contested at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where Max Verstappen claimed his first World Championship.
After a tense title battle throughout the season, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton headed into the final race of the season level on points. On the re-profiled Yas Marina Circuit, Kimi Raikkonen’s farewell weekend did not go according to plan with him crashing out at the end of Free Practice 2.
Verstappen took the early advantage with pole position under the floodlights on Saturday evening. While Red Bull opted to start on soft tyres, Hamilton started on the mediums. Despite Red Bull’s expected tyre advantage in the opening laps, Hamilton stormed into the lead at the start. Verstappen attempted to take his lead back later on the opening lap, but was run wide and failed to do so after the pair nearly made contact. Despite Verstappen’s cries for Hamilton to hand him the position, the incident was not penalised by the stewards.
Verstappen made his first pit stop at the end of Lap 13, while Hamilton came into the pits two laps later. Playing the team game, the yet to pit Sergio Perez proved to be a real obstacle for Hamilton. An enthralling wheel-to-wheel battle ensued between the pair. Hamilton eventually found his way by, but Verstappen had closed to within two seconds.
Hamilton continued to lead, with him looking set for an eighth title victory carrying a twelve second advantage with five laps remaining. However, the Safety Car came out following a crash for Nicholas Latifi. Rolling the dice, Verstappen opted to pit for fresh tyres.
With the laps counting down, Michael Masi made the unusual decision to not allow lapped cars to overtake ahead of the restart. However, Masi then changed his mind, allowing a select number of lapped cars to overtake – which put Verstappen right on Hamilton’s tail ahead of the restart.
The race resumed with one lap to go and Verstappen passed Hamilton with relative ease on his fresh soft tyres. The move secured Verstappen his first World Championship victory, with Hamilton unable to make a final move stick. Controversy reigned and, despite protests from the Mercedes team, Verstappen’s title was confirmed later on that evening.