Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Circuit Information

Grand Prix Date: 12th December 2021 13:01
Bonus Round: Yes
Circuit Name: Yas Marina Circuit
Number of Laps: 55
Circuit Length: 5.554
Race Distance: 305.355
Lap Record: 1:39.283 Lewis Hamilton (2019)

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When was the track built? In 2006, plans were announced to develop Yas Island, located just to the east of Abu Dhabi, into a new tourist destination, with a major part of the plans centring around a 5.5km race track. The diggers rolled into what would become the Yas Marina Circuit in May 2007, with the project completed by October 2009. When was its first Grand Prix? In 2009. The track debuted as that year's Formula 1 season finale, with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel winning from team mate Mark Webber and the already-crowned 2009 champion Jenson Button. Vettel would go on to secure his first title in Abu Dhabi a year later, amid much crying. What's the circuit like? The Hermann Tilke-designed track is dominated by its 1.2km straight between Turns 7 and 8 ? which, with slow-speed corners marking its beginning and end, makes it a honeypot for overtaking moves. Other highlights include the tricky run through Turns 15 and 16 into 17, which forces the drivers to brake hard with bags of lateral load still on the car.