Not to be outdone by its neighbouring nations, Abu Dhabi played host to a Grand Prix for the first time in 2009 and raised the bar in terms of track facilities. Uniquely starting at dusk and racing into darkness, the Hermann Tilke designed circuit wraps around the Yas Marina Bay with room for 150 yachts and features a hotel spanning across the track, which during the evening is aglow with LED lights that pass through the colour spectrum. The track has a unique pit-exit that sees the cars pass under the ground at turn one and emerge back on circuit around turn three. The track offers a blend of straights and tight corners and provided the perfect backdrop for the nail biting 2010 title decider which saw Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel come out on top, the second of his three wins here. Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton have also won in Abu Dhabi. This year’s race will be historic as it will be the first Grand Prix where double points are awarded.
Circuit length 5.554 km
Race distance 305.355 km
2013 winner Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Race Strategy Briefing
Abu Dhabi is a tough circuit on which to overtake, even with the DRS rear wings. There is a higher than average chance of a safety car and a lot at stake at this race with the double points bonus on offer, meaning higher risk strategies are more likely for some. Soft and Supersoft tyres have produced the most strategically varied races so far in 2014, with some 3 stoppers, so that could still be an outside possibility for this race given a large enough performance difference.
In collaboration with James Allen