Preview: Abu Dhabi set for F1 2017 swansong

Preview: Abu Dhabi set for F1 2017 swansong

23 November 2017 – The 2017 Formula 1 campaign comes to a conclusion this weekend with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit. GPUpdate.net previews this weekend's event and provides the key statistics.

Yas Marina:

Yas Marina, located on the man-made Yas Island, was opened in 2009, just two years after construction of the landscape first began, and set new standards in Formula 1.

The event, which takes place at twilight, has been Formula 1's season finale for the majority of its races, and played host to title showdowns in 2010, 2014 and 2016.

"It's a straight line to the first corner – it comes pretty quickly – a 90-degree left-hand corner, normally in fourth gear," explains Haas' Romain Grosjean.

"Turns 2 and 3 are then flat out. You go down the hill, braking into Turn 6 – very tricky braking turning into 6, then straight away into T7.

"You need to be well positioned for the hairpin going down the back straight. It's tricky to get the car to turn.

"There's a long straight line, big braking for the chicane, and again you need to be well positioned between the left- and right-hand side corners.

"Then it's another straight line on to 11, 12 and 13. It's a triple chicane and as soon as you exit that part you go flat out then brake for Turn 14, which is a 90-degree left-hand side corner.

"You're flat out again into 16 and 17, two right-hand side corners flat out. As soon as you go out of 17 you have to brake again for 18. Turns 19 and 20, you're going under the hotel, with a tricky exit out of 20.

"The second-to-last-corner is good. It's high speed in fourth or fifth gear. Then the last corner is very tricky. It's very wide on the entry phase with the pit lane on the right-hand side. It's not easy to find a line. Then you go as early as you can on the power to finish the lap."

Form guide:

Formula 1 arrives in Abu Dhabi with both titles already wrapped up, and most of the leading positions settled, thus creating an end-of-school feeling.

There is, though, still a race to be won, with everyone naturally keen to enter the winter break on a positive note.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen had shared victories since the summer holidays, but Sebastian Vettel broke the streak last time out in Brazil, ending Ferrari's win drought.

Further down the field, the retiring Felipe Massa all but sealed fifth place in the standings for Williams, with the main focus on the scrap for sixth.

Toro Rosso, Renault and Haas are split by just six points, with each position providing lucrative financial rewards, not to mention prestige.

McLaren holds a solid ninth position, as it prepares for its final event with Honda, while Sauber remains adrift at the rear of the pack.

Current grid at the Abu Dhabi GP:

Vettel and Hamilton have been the primary contenders at the Yas Marina Circuit since the venue's arrival, each winning on three occasions.

Vettel won the inaugural event in 2009 and followed it up with another win a year later, clinching his maiden crown, and also triumphed during his dominant streak in 2013.

Hamilton was victorious for McLaren in 2011, won again in 2014 – taking the title in the process – and took honours last year, though missed out on the championship to Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg (in 2015) and Kimi Räikkönen (in 2012) are the only other drivers to have tasted victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.


Repeat Abu Dhabi GP winners:
3 Sebastian Vettel (2009, 2010, 2013)
3 Lewis Hamilton (2011, 2014, 2016)

Factfile:

Venue: Yas Marina Circuit
Direction: Anti-clockwise
Turns: 21
Laps: 55
Race date: November 26, 2017
Circuit opened: 2009
First Grand Prix: 2009
Lap record: 1:40.279 (Sebastian Vettel, 2009)
Circuit length: 5.554 km (3.451 mi)
Race distance: 305.355 km (189.739 mi)

2017 timetable (GMT +4):
Friday 24 November
Practice 1 13:00-14:30 local time
Practice 2 17:00-18:30 local time

Saturday 25 November
Practice 3 14:00-15:00 local time
Qualifying 17:00 local time

Sunday 26 November
Race 17:00 local time

Additional on-track events:
Formula 2
GP3 Series

Driver steward:
Emanuele Pirro

DRS zones:
Zone 1 - Between Turns 7 and 8
Zone 2 – Between Turns 10 and 11

Tyre compounds:
Ultra Soft / Super Soft / Soft

Pitlane speed limits:
80 km/h (49.7 mph) for the entire event

Key statistics:
Fuel usage: 1.91kg per lap
Top speed: 331km/h (205.6 mph)
Full throttle: 57 per cent of lap
Gear changes: 68 per lap

Weather forecast:
Friday – Partly cloudy, high 27°C / low 21°C
Saturday – Sunny, high 26°C / low 20°C
Sunday – Sunny, high 26°C / low 20°C

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