Name :Yas Marina Circuit
No. of Races :8
First Race :Nov 01, 2009
Last Race :Nov 27, 2016
Formula One's second event in the Middle East: The Yas Marina Circuit features a number of innovative features, including a five star hotel that straddles the track.
On the ground, it runs anti-clockwise - incorporating long straights leading into tight corners plus a series of fast sweeps that will contribute to average lap speeds approaching 200kph.
The track is good, but sectors two and three are a tad too slow for it to be mentioned in the same breath as greats like Spa-Francorchamps and Suzuka. Overtaking is also difficult, as proven by Fernando Alonso in 2010 when he spent 40 laps stuck behind Vitaly Petrov.
The extreme desert temperatures would normally pose a problem for the mechanics, but not at Yas Marina circuit. All 40 pit garages are air conditioned.
Making its debut in 2009, the circuit certainly impressed F1 with its striking infrastructure. The seven-star Yas Hotel creates a colourful backdrop, particularly when the sun has set on this, the only twilight race on the calendar. Add a few pop concerts and other freebies into the mix and you start to appreciate that the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is much more than just a race.
- At any given time the facility can be divided into two halves to host simultaneous motorsport events.
- It is furnished with two sets of garages i.e. 40 in all!
- Among some major attractions on Yas Island is a Ferrari theme park and the only Ferrari driving school in the world.
- Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton won five of the first six races at the circuit.
Yas Marina Circuit took over my life more than a year ago, and now I’m very proud that Abu Dhabi can present one of the most sophisticated Formula One race tracks in the world. A hotel which spans the track, a marina with a beautiful yacht club, and with grandstands which are 100 percent completely covered - this has never been seen before.
- Philippe Gurdjian, Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management CEO