F1 Race Event: Abu Dhabi F1 GP
Race Track: Yas Marina Circuit

Start time: 14:10 CET | 13:10 UK | 05:10 LA | 22:10 Tokio

Max Verstappen will start from pole for the first time this season. It's also the first time he will start from pole in Abu Dhabi. The Dutchman drove a great last qualifying lap to score his 3rd pole position of his Formula 1 career.

F1 Starting Grid 2020 Abu Dhabi GP

PosNoDriverTeamLap Time1-gapTyres
133Max VerstappenRed Bull1:35,246M (C4)
277Valtteri BottasMercedes1:35,2710,025M (C4)
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:35,3320,086M (C4)
44Lando NorrisMcLaren1:35,4970,251S (C5)
523Alexander AlbonRed Bull1:35,5710,325S (C5)
655Carlos Sainz Jr.McLaren1:35,8150,569M (C4)
726Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri1:35,9630,717S (C5)
818Lance StrollRacing Point1:36,0460,800S (C5)
910Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:36,2420,996S (C5)
1031Esteban OconRenault1:36,3591,113Free
113Daniel RicciardoRenault1:36,4061,160Free
1216*Charles LeclercFerrari1:36,0650,819M (C4)
135Sebastian VettelFerrari1:36,6311,385Free
1499Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:38,2483,002Free
157Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:37,5552,309Free
1663George RussellWilliams1:38,0452,799Free
1751Pietro FittipaldiHaas1:38,1732,927Free
186Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:38,4433,197Free
1911*Sergio PérezRacing Point0:00,000-Free
2020*Kevin MagnussenHaas1:37,8632,617Free

* Penalties:

  • 3 place grid penalty: Car 16 - Ferrari of Charles Leclerc - Causing a collision (2020 Sakhir Grand Prix)
  • Cars 20 & 11 - Required to start from the back of the starting grid - Additional power unit elements have been used.

2020 Abu Dhabi F1 GP Race Strategy

The optimal race strategy for the 55-lap Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a one-stopper, starting on the P Zero Yellow medium for 18 laps and moving onto P Zero White hard for 37 laps (or vice-versa). It’s also possible to do a one-stopper starting on the P Zero Red soft for 14 laps and then going onto the hard for 41 laps, but this is slightly slower in terms of overall race time.

2020 Abu Dhabi F1 GP Race Strategy

A two-stopper is slower, especially because track position is crucial at Yas Marina, with the track being hard to overtake on and a complicated pit lane exit that adds to the time loss. The way to do it would be two soft stints of 12 laps each (one at the start and the other one as last), plus one 31-lap hard stint.

2020 Abu Dhabi F1 GP Race Notes

  • Red Bull driver Max Verstappen claimed pole position for the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, using the P Zero Red soft in C5 compound (the softest of the range) to go fastest of all in qualifying for the first time since Brazil 2019. Less than a tenth of a second separated the top three, while Verstappen was also fastest in FP3.
  • Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull, Renault and the McLaren of Carlos Sainz headed out on the medium tyre in Q2, with both Mercedes, plus Verstappen, Sainz and Leclerc setting their best Q2 times on that compound. They will all therefore start the race on the yellow tyre tomorrow, but Leclerc has a grid penalty that drops him out of the top 10 on the grid.
  • Temperatures were reasonably cool for Abu Dhabi, with ambient temperatures of 23 degrees centigrade and track temperatures of 29 degrees centigrade at the start of qualifying, dropping by one degree over the course of the session.


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