Abu Dhabi is a name synonymous with glamour and prestige in the background of sun, sand and more sand. It is no wonder that when Formula One supremo, Bernie Ecclestone, announced the city would host Formula One in 2009, F1 fans went gaga and for a good reason. It was simply the perfect fusion of thrill, glamour and luxury in one destination.
Getting Abu Dhabi GP Facts Right
If you are an F1 enthusiast, you appreciate the importance of the Yas Marina Circuit on the calendar. Just like in the 2014 calendar, where it brought the curtain down, the circuit will also be the last from November 27th to 29th 2015.
Well, there are many other races to cover, but with action already getting spiced up in the trio battle of Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton and Rosberg, why not cool it down with some facts from the Abu Dhabi GP? After all, nothing thrills like watching a fascinating race when you have facts on your fingertips.
1. Yas Marina, Circuit Details
The track is 5.554 km in length and drivers lap the track 55 times to cover a race distance of 305.355km. The first race was held in 2009 on the track designed by the legendary Hermann Tilke. It is considered a work of genius and its 21 turns spice up action on race Sunday.
2. Track Uniqueness
The 5.554 km track runs in an anti-clockwise direction, and for this reason, it joins few others on the F1 calendar for its uniqueness. But that is not all; it was the first F1 race to be held in the dark. This required special anti-glare floodlights to ensure seamless transition from daylight to darkness. It is no wonder the sophisticated track cost $1 billion U.S. dollars.
3. Abu Dhabi Winners
In 2009, Sebastian Vettel, who was having a season of a lifetime, won and repeated the feat in 2010 and 2013, and still holds the most wins on the track plus the lap record of 1:40.279 set in 2009. Lewis Hamilton has won twice in 2011 and in 2014 when he wrapped up the championship title race against arch-rival and team-mate Nico Rosberg. Red Bull holds the constructor’s most wins title on the circuit.
4. Track Difficulty
As a fan, you obviously want the best race action, and with 21 turns to manoeuvre and a possible 320kph maximum speed, you can bet there are lots of thrilling drives at Yas Marina. Add to this the unusual track evolution caused by falling temperatures as the race moves from day to night, a long flat-out section of 1,233m and you get perfect ground for excitement on the track.
Well, you just have to be there to feel the ticking pulse of excitement at Abu Dhabi GP 2015.