2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Weekend Information

THE 2021 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 

ROUND 22. 10th – 12th December.

1058th F1 GRAND PRIX | 13th ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX | 13th GRAND PRIX AT YAS MARINA CIRCUIT

2020 POLESITTER: MAX VERSTAPPEN | 2020 WINNER: MAX VERSTAPPEN


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Friday 10th December
Free Practice 1 (1:30pm Local Time/ 9:30am UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (5pm Local Time/ 1pm UK Time)

Saturday 11th December
Free Practice 3 (2pm Local Time/ 10am UK Time)
Qualifying (5pm Local Time/ 1pm UK Time)

Sunday 12th December
The 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (5pm Local Time/ 1pm UK Time)


WEEKEND MILESTONES

  • This will be the second Formula 1 race to be held on 12th December. The last round of the championship to be held on this date was the 1959 United States Grand Prix. 12th December is the fourth latest date in the year on which a season-closing F1 race has been held. 
  • This will be the tenth time that the season-ending Grand Prix has been held at Yas Marina Circuit. Only Adelaide has hosted more last races of the season, with eleven. This will be the tenth time a season-closing race has been held in United Arab Emirates. The country is behind only the United States (12) and Australia (11) for the most season-closing events.
  • The 40th lap of the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be the 700th racing lap to take place at Yas Marina Circuit since the venue first joined the calendar in 2009.

READ MORE IN MILESTONES AND RECORDS TO BREAK


WEEKEND NOTES

There have been plenty of changes to the Yas Marina Circuit layout since 2020. The circuit now has 16 rather than 21 corners. 

There will be two DRS detection and activation points. 


YAS MARINA CIRCUIT 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.

READ MORE IN OUR ULTIMATE TRACK GUIDE


PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES

The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. All 20 drivers will appear in the press conference at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which will take place virtually.

The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Christian Horner (Red Bull), Frederic Vasseur (Alfa Romeo) and Franz Tost (AlphaTauri).


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 Derek Warwick.


WEATHER FORECAST

The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:


TYRE SELECTIONS

In 2021, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli: two sets of hard compounds, three sets of medium compounds and eight sets of soft compounds. Pirelli will supply the C3, C4 and C5 compounds for this race weekend.


2020 ABU DHABI GP RECAP

Valtteri Bottas took victory in 2020’s curtain-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as Lewis Hamilton returned to action after battling coronavirus.

As Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen and Alex Albon lined up on the grid for the final time (at least for the time being), Max Verstappen led the field away from pole position. The Dutch driver took the only non-Mercedes powered pole of the season, lapping 0.025 seconds faster than Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton, returning having recovered from coronavirus symptoms, started third. That was the order in which the top three would finish, with little action to talk about among the podium finishers. As Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly enjoyed a duel for ninth place, Sergio Perez – on his final appearance with Racing Point – retired from the race with an engine failure. Perez had started from the back and made decent progress through the field until his stoppage. The Virtual Safety Car was called as a result of Perez’s stricken car. The leaders took the opportunity to pit for fresh tyres. Future Ferrari team-mates Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc battled, with the McLaren driver getting ahead of the Ferrari. Sainz went on to finish sixth, and with Lando Norris fifth, McLaren secured third place in the Constructors’ Championship. The season came to a close with the usual firework displays and donuts from the championship-winning Mercedes on the pit straight.


FASTEST EVER LAP


RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION

 Session2017201820192020
Free Practice 11:39.006 (Sebastian Vettel)1:38.491 (Max Verstappen)1:36.957 (Valtteri Bottas)1:37.378 (Max Verstappen)
Free Practice 21:37.877 (Lewis Hamilton)1:37.236 (Valtteri Bottas)1:36.256 (Valtteri Bottas)1:36.276 (Valtteri Bottas)
Free Practice 31:37.627 (Lewis Hamilton)1:37.176 (Lewis Hamilton)1:36.566 (Max Verstappen)1:36.251 (Max Verstappen)
Qualifying1:36.231 (Valtteri Bottas)1:34.794 (Lewis Hamilton)1:34.779 (Lewis Hamilton)1:35.246 (Max Verstappen)
Grand Prix1:40.650 (Valtteri Bottas)1:40.867 (Sebastian Vettel)1:39.283 (Lewis Hamilton)1:40.926 (Daniel Ricciardo)

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