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Yas Marina Circuit layout & records

Monaco Circuit Details
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Race: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Used Since: 2009
Type: Closed Circuit
 Lap Dist.: 5.554 km

Lap Record

Lap Record: 1:40.279 min
Date: 1 November 2009
F1 Driver: Sebastian Vettel
F1 Car: Red Bull RB5 Renault
Speed: 199.388 km/h

Pole Record

Record Pole: 1:38.481 min
Date: 12 November 2011
F1 Driver: Sebastian Vettel
F1 Car: Red Bull RB7 Renault
Speed: 203,028 km/h

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Yas Marina circuit: Three turns in detail

Turn 7
Yas Marina is considered a mid-range power track, although the power sensitivity is lessened by the high concentration of low to medium speed bends in the back part of the circuit round the Marina. Turn 7, the hairpin, is the slowest of the circuit and similar to the challenges of the Grand Hairpin in Monaco. The engine braking needs to be particularly effective for rear stability on entrance, but equally the response needs to be completely correct as the hairpin exit leads onto the long back straight. Any hesitation will compromise the entry to the straight and therefore the overall lap time.

Back straight (between Turns 7 and 8)
Approximately 55% of the track is spent at full throttle, with average speeds of 190kph, similar to the demands of Montreal circuit. The percentage is heightened by the two long straights, the longest of which is the 1.2km straight between turns 7 and 8. The RS27 will be at full throttle for 14secs here, reaching speeds of over 310kph. Calibration of gear ratios is crucial: seventh gear must be set relatively long to allow a competitive end of straight speed with DRS active. However the right-hand corners in the third sector require the gears to be closely spaced to achieve the required short bursts of acceleration between tight corners, so engine engineers will be forced to compromise somewhere along the line.

Turn 21
The third part of the track from turn 11 through to the final turn 21 features mainly right hand corners that are taken in second or third gear. Turn 21 is a good example of a typical corner in this section. The average speed is low; just 160kph so the RS27 will be set up to give good driveability whilst being responsive for the short bursts of power between turns. Rear stability is the key here since tenths of a second can be won if the car is ‘nailed’ to the track in the slow speed turns.

Previous F1 GP Winners on Yas Marina Circuit

Year Race Date Driver Team Laps
2016 2016 Abu Dhabi F1 GP result 27th of November 1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Germany Nico Rosberg
3rd Germany Sebastian Vettel
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
55
55
55
2015 2015 Abu Dhabi F1 GP result 29 September 1st Germany Nico Rosberg
2nd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3rd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
55
55
55
2014 2014 Abu Dhabi F1 GP result 23 November 1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Brazil Felipe Massa
3rd Finland Valtteri Bottas
Germany Mercedes
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
55
55
55
2013 2013 Abu Dhabi F1 GP result 3 November 1st Germany Sebastian Vettel
2nd Australia Mark Webber
3rd Germany Nico Rosberg
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
Germany Mercedes
55
55
55
2012 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix result 4 November 1st Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2nd Spain Fernando Alonso
3rd Germany Sebastian Vettel
United Kingdom Lotus F1
Italy Ferrari
Austria Red Bull
55
55
55
2011 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix result 13 November 1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Spain Fernando Alonso
3rd United Kingdom Jenson Button
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
55
55
55
2010 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix result 14 November 1st Germany Sebastian Vettel
2nd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3rd United Kingdom Jenson Button
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
55
55
55
2009 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix result 1 November 1st Germany Sebastian Vettel
2nd Australia Mark Webber
3rd United Kingdom Jenson Button
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom Brawn
55
55
55

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