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
The race history chart and accompanying text recap of the key moments of the race, are together designed to offer a unique review and insight into the strategic who, what, why and how that decided the latest race result.
The graph illustrates the relative performances on each stint of the cars and the gaps between each driver on a lap by lap basis. Use the control to show/hide different drivers and click on the pins for more details of race incidents.
The ‘as it happened’ key talking points, provide a more in-depth accompanying commentary and analysis of the key decisions on the pit wall and in the cockpit decisions that again ultimately helped determine the final race outcome.
Pit stop league table
The league table shows the order of the pit crews based on their best total time in the pit lane in the recent 2014 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX. Please note that this table shows the total pit lane duration, whereas the season best pit stop referenced in the latest race strategy briefing considers the stationery time of the car only during the pit stop.
01. Ferrari (21.546s)
02. Lotus (21.574s)
03. Red Bull (21.582s)
04. McLaren (21.623s)
05. Williams (21.661s)
06. Mercedes (21.754s)
07. Force India (21.642s)
08. Sauber (22.227s)
09. Toro Rosso (22.348s)
10. Caterham (22.426s)
Start league table – after Round 19, Abu Dhabi
Starts are a critical part of the race and strategy can be badly compromised by a poor start, while good starts can make strategists change their plans in the hope of a good result.
The below table illustrates whether drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season on an aggregate basis. Please note that where a driver has been eliminated on a first lap this has been noted and removed from the sample as it skews the table and therefore serves as a guide of trends, rather than a definitive list
As far as 2014 start performance is concerned drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season, on aggregate as follows; ie taking places lots away from places gained.
+13 Chilton, Massa, Räikkönen
+8 Bianchi, Button, Hamilton
+4 Lotterer, Vettel
+3 Magnussen, Sutil
Net lost positions
Melbourne notes: Kobayashi, Massa eliminated in a first corner accident; Perez, Gutierrez pitted at the end of lap 1; Bianchi, Grosjean started from pit lane
Malaysia notes: Perez started from pit lane; Bianchi pitted at the end of lap 1
Bahrain notes: Vergne pitted at the end of lap 1 after contact
China notes: Sutil lost power at start and dropped 8 places, retiring soon after
Monaco notes: Maldonado did not start, Ericsson started from pit lane; Perez crashed on lap 1
Canada notes: Gutierrez started from pit lane; Bianchi and Chilton crashed on lap 1; Ericsson pitted on lap 1
Austria notes: Grosjean started from pit lane
Silverstone notes: Räikkönen and Massa eliminated after accident on lap 1
Germany notes: Massa eliminated in lap 1 after accident; Magnussen and Ricciardo also dropped back as a result
Hungary notes: Hamilton, Magnussen, Kvyat started from pit lane
Belgium notes: Grosjean and Bianchi collided on lap one; Kobayashi absent and replaced by Lotterer
Italy notes: Ericsson started from pit lane
Singapore notes: Kobayashi did not start; Rosberg started from pit lane
Japan notes: Race started behind Safety Car
Russia notes: Rosberg and Massa pitted at the end of lap 1
United States notes: Sutil and Perez crashed on lap 1
Brazil notes: Sutil started from pit lane
Abu Dhabi notes: Ricciardo and Vettel started from pit lane