2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Marina Circuit | Yas Island | Abu Dhabi | 26 November
2023 F1 Season - Round 23 (Grand Prix 22 of 22)
Haven’t had time to do a proper preview post for this, the final race of the season. And just because the Championship Trophies have already been engraved, doesn’t mean ADGP23 is not important.
Fourth place in the Driver’s Championship has four drivers separated by just 12 points: Alonso, Sainz, Norris and Leclerc all have a fairly equal shot at driving into a P4 final position.
Perhaps even more importantly to the teams themselves though, is the finishing order on the Constructor’s table. The financial rewards are huge and with only four points separate Mercedes and Ferrari for second place, there won’t be room for error by either team this weekend.
Add to that, the battle for P4 constructor is also close with 11 points between McLaren and Aston Martin. So those Norris and Alonso have that to add to the pressure on them in the Driver’s. Hopefully, their respective teammates can come to the party too in the desert on Sunday.
- First Grand Prix – 2009
- Track Length – 5.281km
- Lap record – 1m 26.103s, Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 2021
- Most pole positions – Lewis Hamilton (5)
- Most wins – Lewis Hamilton (5)
- Pole run to Turn 1 braking point – 194 metres
- Overtakes completed in 2022 – 113
- Safety Car probability – 38%*
- Virtual Safety Car probability – 38%*
- Pit stop time loss – 22.12 seconds
* From the last eight races in Abu Dhabi
- Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen all sealed their maiden F1 world titles in Abu Dhabi
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 5 and 6 – 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 10 and 11 into 12, which forces the drivers to brake hard with bags of lateral load still on the car. Track modifications ahead of the 2021 race, shortening the lap slightly to 5.28km, have only added to its excitement.
Happy F1 racing one last time in 2023!