|Location||Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE|
|Owner||Government of Abu Dhabi|
|Operator||Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management|
|Broke ground||May 2007|
|Grand Prix Circuit (2021-present)|
|Length||5.281 km (3.281 mi)|
|Race lap record||1:26.103 ( Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, 2021, F1)|
|Grand Prix Circuit (2009-2021)|
|Length||5.554 km (3.451 mi)|
|Race lap record||1:39.283 ( Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W10, 2019, F1)|
|Corkscrew Circuit (2009-2021)|
|Length||4.730 km (2.939 mi)|
|Race lap record||1:37.745 ( Jules Bianchi, Dallara GP2/11, 2011, GP2 Asia)|
|North Circuit (2009-2021)|
|Length||3.130 km (1.945 mi)|
|Race lap record||1:10.027 ( Olli Caldwell, Tatuus F4-T014, 2018, Formula 4)|
|South Circuit (2009-2021)|
|Length||2.360 km (1.466 mi)|
|Race lap record||59.572 ( Jonathan Aberdein, Tatuus F4-T014, 2017, Formula 4)|
The Yas Marina Circuit (Arabic ? ) is the venue for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke, and is situated on Yas Island, about 30 minutes from the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi. Yas Marina was the second of four Formula One tracks in the Middle East, with the first being in Bahrain and subsequent tracks in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. A two-day GP2 Asia Series test was held to officially open the circuit, which was held a week before the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It also hosted the opening event for the Australian V8 Supercars series, the Yas V8 400, in February 2010. Outside motorsport the circuit was used for the final stage of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour cycle race in 2015. The circuit has an FIA Grade 1 license.
The circuit is located on "Yas Island", a headland that was cut off from the mainland by a canal. It has sixteen corners and several straights, and passes by the marina and through the Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi designed by New York-based architects Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture of Asymptote Architecture with a facade lighting design by Rogier van der Heide.
The circuit has five grandstand areas (Main Grandstand, West Grandstand, North Grandstand, South Grandstand and Marina Grandstand (aka Support)) and part of its pit lane exit runs underneath the track. It also houses a team building behind the pit building, Media Center, Dragster Track and VIP Tower. Additionally, one of the run-off areas runs underneath the West grandstand.
This changed when the previous turns 4, 5 and 6 were redesigned and the previous turns 11, 12 and 13 were also reconfigured in time for the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The circuit was built by main contractor Cebarco-WCT WLL, under contract from developer Aldar Properties. Among the sub-contractors involved were KOH AH HING (KAHBINA) from Malaysia (structural contractor), as well as specialised subcontractors like Voltas (MEP), PKE-Siemens (MEP), Able-Middle East (earthworks), Hamilton International (interior) and Bau Bickhardt (track) to name a few.
The circuit was constructed with a permanent lighting system provided by Musco Lighting, similar to that also installed at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. Yas Marina Circuit is the largest permanent sports venue lighting project in the world; previously that title was held by Losail.
The surface of the track is made of graywacke aggregate, shipped to Abu Dhabi from a Bayston Hill quarry in Shropshire, England. The surface material is highly acclaimed by circuit bosses and Formula One drivers for the high level of grip it offers, though at the expense of a higher rate of tyre wear. The same aggregate material is used at the Bahrain International Circuit for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
After the first practice sessions at the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the circuit was welcomed by the drivers, with Nico Rosberg commenting that every corner was 'unique', while double World Champion Fernando Alonso echoed his sentiments, stating that it was enjoyable because there was always something to do. Force India's Adrian Sutil rated the circuit as being better than Formula One's other night race in Singapore as he felt there was too much light at Marina Bay.
Not all of the drivers were complimentary, with Giancarlo Fisichella expressing a particular dislike of the pit exit, which dips under the main circuit by way of a tunnel. Although the pit exit remained free of incidents for the early practice sessions, Fisichella claimed that it was both very difficult and dangerous. Kimi Räikkönen notoriously gave his thoughts on the circuit, stating "the first few turns are quite good, but the rest of it is shit".
After the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix the designer Hermann Tilke said that they were considering making changes to the track to present more overtaking opportunities. BBC Sport's Andrew Benson called the racing in the 2020 event "dreary" with Matt Beer of The Race naming the track layout as one of 6 reasons why the races in Abu Dhabi "consistently disappoint". Drivers such as Daniel Ricciardo have also added their support for track changes.
In June 2021, Saif Al Noaimi, acting CEO Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, said modifications to the track's layout had been approved, with the modifications completed in time for the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Turns 4, 5, and 6 were replaced by a single, less severe hairpin, turns 11 through 14 were replaced by a sweeping banked curve, and turns 18 through 20 were made less tight to allow more speed to be carried through them.
The official fastest lap records at the Yas Marina Circuit are listed as:
|Grand Prix Circuit (2021-present): 5.281 km|
|F1||1:26.103||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing RB16B||2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix|
|F2||1:37.445||Roy Nissany||Dallara F2 2018||2021 Yas Island Formula 2 round|
|GT3||1:52.045||Casper Stevenson||Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo||2022 Gulf 12 Hours|
|FR Asia||1:52.275||Isack Hadjar||Tatuus F.3 T-318||2022 1st Abu Dhabi Formula Regional Asian Championship round|
|Formula 4||1:54.671||Andrea Kimi Antonelli||Tatuus F4-T-421||2022 1st Abu Dhabi Formula 4 UAE round|
|Ferrari Challenge||1:56.889||Christian Brunsborg||Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo||2021-22 Abu Dhabi Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific round|
|Gulf Radical Cup||1:57.618||George King||Radical SR3||2022 1st Abu Dhabi Gulf Radical Cup round|
|GT4||2:03.891||Bradley Ellis||Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4||2022 Gulf 12 Hours|
|TCR Touring Car||2:08.487||Luc Breukers||Audi RS 3 LMS DSG||2022 6 Hours of Abu Dhabi|
|Grand Prix Circuit (2009-2021): 5.554 km|
|F1||1:39.283||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+||2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix|
|F2||1:50.314||Alexander Albon||Dallara GP2/11||2017 Yas Island Formula 2 round|
|GP2||1:50.749||Sergio Perez||Dallara GP2/08||2010 Yas Marina GP2 Series round|
|LMP2||1:56.560||Franco Colapinto||Aurus 01||2021 4 Hours of Abu Dhabi Race 4|
|GP3||1:56.888||Marvin Kirchhöfer||Dallara GP3/13||2014 Abu Dhabi GP3 Series round|
|LMP3||2:05.165||Malthe Jakobsen||Ligier JS P320||2021 4 Hours of Abu Dhabi Race 3|
|F3 Asia||2:07.324||Jamie Chadwick||Tatuus F.3 T-318||2019-20 Abu Dhabi F3 Asian Championship round|
|GT1||2:07.376||Thomas Mutsch||Matech Ford GT1||2010 FIA GT1 Abu Dhabi round|
|Formula Renault Eurocup||2:08.720||Victor Martins||Tatuus FR-19||2019 Abu Dhabi Formula Renault Eurocup round|
|GT3||2:08.791||Ben Barnicoat||McLaren 720S GT3||2021 4 Hours of Abu Dhabi Race 4|
|Formula 4||2:11.046||Charles Weerts||Tatuus F4-T014||2017-18 3rd Abu Dhabi Formula 4 UAE round|
|V8 Supercars||2.13.160||Jamie Whincup||Holden VE Commodore||2012 Yas Marina Circuit V8 Supercar Event|
|GT4||2:21.240||Olli Caldwell||Mercedes-AMG GT4||2018 Gulf 12 Hours|
|Short (Corkscrew) Circuit (2009-2021): 4.730 km|
|GP2 Asia||1:37.745||Jules Bianchi||Dallara GP2/11||2011 Yas Marina Circuit GP2 Asia Series round|
|GT1||1:52.431||Maxime Martin||Matech Ford GT1||2011 FIA GT1 Abu Dhabi round|
|F3 Asia||1:53.432||Jehan Daruvala||Tatuus F.3 T-318||2021 1st Abu Dhabi F3 Asian Championship round|
|Formula 4||1:57.198||Dilano van't Hoff||Tatuus F4-T014||2021 2nd Abu Dhabi Formula 4 UAE round|
|V8 Supercars||1:57.740||Jason Bargwanna||Holden VE Commodore||2011 Yas V8 400|
|North Circuit (2009-2021): 3.130 km|
|Formula 4||1:10.027||Olli Caldwell||Tatuus F4-T014||2017-18 2nd Abu Dhabi Formula 4 UAE round|
|South Circuit (2009-2021): 2.360 km|
|Formula 4||59.572||Jonathan Aberdein||Tatuus F4-T014||2016-17 3rd Abu Dhabi Formula 4 UAE round|