Abu Dhabi Track Guide

Location: Abu Dhabi, U.A.E Track Length: 5.554 km Laps: 55 Lap Record: 1:39.283

Yas Marina

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F1 circuit guide

Since the first ever Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2009, the Yas Marina Circuit has proudly hosted this annual stop on the Formula 1 calendar.

Yas Marina is a purpose-build track for the event, designed by Hermann Tilke, running for 3.451 miles and consisting of 21 turns. It also regularly hosts F2 races and the end-of-season young driver tests for Formula 1.

This unique circuit is based on Yas Island, a popular leisure island and one of the top tourism projects in Abu Dhabi. The spectacular Ferrari World is just a stone's throw from Yas Marina Circuit and is a popular shot for the TV cameras on aerial footage of the track.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is also like no other event since it's held as a day-night race with floodlights used from the start to ensure a seamless transition from daytime to darkness.

Since 2009 Sir Lewis Hamilton has proven to be the king of Yas Marina, taking victory on a record five occasions, whilst Sebastian Vettel is the only other driver to win more that once at this circuit with three victories.

Who will ever forget the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix when Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber got stuck behind the Renault of Vitaly Petrov, allowing Vettel to race to victory and his first Drivers' Championship.

Over the years the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has settled into the position of being Formula 1's season-ending event.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F1 circuit information

Yas Marina Circuit is made up of long straights, sweeping corners and a few tight turns for good measure as it winds through the marina and the Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi, famous for its striking facade lighting design. The pit exit also goes underground with drivers rejoining the track at Turn 3.

But whilst the track has all the variety you could ask for, it doesn't always produce much overtaking except for under DRS down the two back straights.

Turn 1 - A relatively short pit straight gives way to a medium speed left bend.
Turn 2 - Another left bend, not as tight and taken flat out in qualifying trim.
Turn 3 - Bare right for the next bend, always at full throttle.
Turn 4 - Just a left kink, throttle remains planted to the floor.
Turn 5/6 - On the brakes now for this left-to-right chicane. Plenty of run-off area though if drivers get it wrong.
Turn 7 - Brief acceleration before negotiating this tight left hairpin. Take the widest line possible into it to nail the apex.
Turn 8/9 - The longest straight of the track abruptly ends with a tighter left-to-right chicane. The main overtaking spot on the track but with the use of DRS a move is often complete before the chicane.
Turn 10 - A minor left curve, effectively it's just the start of the next back straight.
Turn 11/12/13 - Part two of the back straight ends in another chicane, this time wider though as it moves from the left to right and back again.
Turn 14 - Back on the gas briefly before this 90-degrees right, take plenty of kerb on the inside to get the best line.
Turn 15 - Heading into one of the unique sections of this track, first up is this right kink, full throttle.
Turn 16 - A second apex as this right-hander continues, still flat out.
Turn 17 - And hard on the brakes now for the final right apex, coming into view is the spectacular Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi.
Turn 18 - Now a 90-degrees left as the track passes underneath the hotel.
Turn 19 - Another 90-degrees left follows, careful not to hit the barriers on exit.
Turn 20 - A slight lift as drivers sweep through this right bend. Pit entry then appears on the right.
Turn 21 - A slower right bend, clip the inside kerb and then launch down the main straight.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix schedule: 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Friday, December 10, FP1: 1330-1430

Friday, December 10, FP2: 1700-1800

Saturday, December 11, FP3: 1400-1500

Saturday, December 11, Qualifying: 1700

Sunday, December 12, Race: 1700

(local times)

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tickets: how to get them for the big race

The Formula 1 website are asking for fans to fill out a contact form so they can be given information on ticket sales for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix when it becomes available.

Motorsporttickets.com and grandprixevents.com are also worth checking out for competitive ticket prices and hospitality options.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ticket lowdown: things to note

There are viewing points aplenty around the Yas Marina Circuit, and if you want to be in prime position to see who takes the chequered flag, then the main grandstand is the place you need to be. The Yas Suite and Terrace down the main straight also offer fantastic vantage points, while the Paddock Club above the pit buildings is always popular.

Abu Dhabi Hill then allows fans to watch as the drivers sweep through Turns 2, 3 and 4. The North stand, Terrace, Lounge and next Yas Suite are all then located down at the extremely tight hairpin. An overtaking spot yes, but contact is also common.

The West stand, also featuring a Yas Suite and Lounge, allows fans to watch as drivers negotiate the chicane which breaks up the two back straights.

The Marina Grandstand, as well as the Marina Suite offer views down the second back straight, with the South Grandstand then placed at the entry of Turn 11 for the start of that impressive three-part complex of corners.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix directions: how to get there

Abu Dhabi International Airport is only 10km from Yas Marina and is the most logical airport to fly to with more than 40 airlines landing in Abu Dhabi.

Dubai International Airport is home to Emirates, a fast growing international airline with a great reputation and a huge fleet of modern aircraft. It's situated 95km away from Yas Marina.

Getting around Abu Dhabi by taxi is easy and pretty cheap, while the A1 bus runs to and from the city every 30-45 minutes, all day and all night, for only 4 Dirhams (84p).

There is a free park and ride shuttle service that runs for people coming into Abu Dhabi for the race, while some hotels have their own shuttle service for guests who are attending the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Address: Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Central, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix history, memorable races and past winners

While the Yas Marina Circuit can attract its critics for a lack of overtaking, that issue in its own right has oddly enough made for several title-deciding moments over the years.

Think of 2010 when Vitaly Petrov held up Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber for the majority of the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, allowing Sebastian Vettel to win his first World Championship. It was also the first time that season he had led the standings.

Or how about in 2016 as Sir Lewis Hamilton tried desperately to back team-mate Nico Rosberg into traffic and force an overtake that would see Hamilton snatch the Drivers' Championship for himself, but it wasn't to be.

Overall though Hamilton is the undisputed king of Yas Marina, and alongside only Sebastian Vettel is a repeat winner of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Drivers with most wins

Lewis Hamilton, 5 wins (2011, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019)

Sebastian Vettel, 3 wins (2009, 2010, 2013)

Teams with most wins

Mercedes, 6 wins (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Red Bull, 4 wins (2009, 2010, 2013, 2020)

Last 10 wins

2020 - Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2019 - Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2018 - Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2017 - Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
2016 - Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2015 - Nico Rosberg, Mercedes
2014 - Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2013 - Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull
2012 - Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus
2011 - Lewis Hamilton, McLaren

Yas Marina Circuit F1 circuit fastest lap

Sir Lewis Hamilton currently holds the race lap record around Yas Marina Circuit, setting a 1:39.283 in his Mercedes W10 during the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Yas Marina Circuit F1 circuit: what the drivers say

Kimi Raikkonen: "The first few turns are quite good, but the rest of it is s**t."

Max Verstappen: "Abu Dhabi is always a special one due to the atmosphere. The crowds are big and noisy, and being a sunset race adds to the unique feeling."

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Schedule December 10-12

Practice 1 10 Dec 2021 1:30 PM
Practice 2 10 Dec 2021 5:00 PM
Practice 3 11 Dec 2021 2:00 PM
Qualifying 1 11 Dec 2021 5:00 PM
Qualifying 2 11 Dec 2021 5:00 PM
Qualifying 3 11 Dec 2021 5:00 PM
Race 12 Dec 2021 5:00 PM