|Yas Marina Circuit|
(layout used 2021-)
|Number of times held||12|
|Circuit length||5.281km (3.281mi)|
|Race length||306.183km (190.253mi)|
|Last race (2020)|
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Arabic: ? ) is a Formula One motor racing event. It was announced in early 2007 at the Abu Dhabi F1 Festival in the United Arab Emirates. The first race took place on 1 November 2009, held at the Hermann Tilke designed Yas Marina Circuit.
On 25 June 2008 the FIA announced the provisional 2009 Formula One calendar including the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as the 19th and final race of the season on 15 November. On 5 November 2008, however, it was announced that the race would be held as the season finale on 1 November, two weeks before the initially planned date, as the 17th and final race.
The inaugural race was Formula One's first day-night race, starting at 17:00 local time. Floodlights used to illuminate the circuit were switched on from the start of the event to ensure a seamless transition from daylight to darkness. Subsequent Abu Dhabi Grands Prix have also been day-night races.
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Formula 1 first came to Abu Dhabi in 2007 in the guise of the first Formula One Festival. Announced in January 2007, the event which took place on 3 February 2007 was free, and the largest gathering of current Formula One cars and drivers outside of a Grand Prix. At the festival it was announced that Abu Dhabi had won the rights to host a Grand Prix from 2009 until 2016. Later that year, Etihad Airways negotiated a three-year deal for them to become sponsors of the Grand Prix.
For the 2009 season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was added to the schedule. It was provisionally announced as being held on 15 November 2009, as the 19th and final Grand Prix of the season. Both the Canadian Grand Prix and French Grand Prix were later removed from the provisional schedule, and as a result the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was moved to 1 November 2009 where it would become the last of 17 meetings. In August 2009, it was announced that the start time would be 17:00 local time (13:00 UTC), and that the race would be floodlit. The race was won by Sebastian Vettel for Red Bull Racing.
For the 2010 season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was held on the Yas Marina Circuit, for the weekend of 12, 13, 14 November 2010. The Drivers' Championship was decided in Abu Dhabi for the first time. With championship leader Fernando Alonso losing out and Sebastian Vettel completing his second consecutive win on this track, the young German driver subsequently sealed the world championship.
The 2011 Grand Prix was the 18th and penultimate race of the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship, and took place on 13 November.
The race was won by Lewis Hamilton in a McLaren-Mercedes. Second was Fernando Alonso in a Ferrari, with Jenson Button coming third in a McLaren-Mercedes. Sebastian Vettel, in a Red Bull-Renault, had been on pole position, but retired after a puncture on the first lap whilst going round the second corner.
Championship leader Sebastian Vettel finished the race in 3rd position after starting from the pitlane, due to his disqualification from qualifying due to not having enough fuel to return to parc fermé. His main championship rival Fernando Alonso finished 2nd behind the Finnish driver Kimi Räikkönen, who won for the first time after his return to Formula One earlier in 2012.
The race was won by Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing for the third time, leading every lap. Having clinched their fourth consecutive Drivers' and Constructors' Championships respectively at the Indian Grand Prix, the team celebrated their achievements in Abu Dhabi with David Coulthard performing some doughnuts on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab luxury hotel in Dubai, 210 m (690 ft) above ground level.
Double points were awarded for the race, which was won by Lewis Hamilton, securing his second Drivers' Championship.
The 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was held on 27 November 2016. The race was won by Lewis Hamilton making it four wins in a row with Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel completing the podium and Rosberg securing his one and only Drivers' Championship.
The 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was scheduled for 29 November but the race was moved to 13 December to allow the Bahrain Grand Prix to run after their race was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The race was won by Max Verstappen, with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton finishing second and third respectively.
The 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is expected to see the circuit go through multiple changes. The turn 5/6 chicane is due to be removed and the turn 7 hairpin is due to be widened. Turns 11 - 14 are due to be replaced by one banked curve and the radius of turns 17-20 are due to be increased, to allow cars to carry more speed, changes to turn 20 are due to allow cars to travel flat out through the corner.
The Yas Marina Circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke and is located on Yas Island - a 2,550 hectares (25.5 km2) island on the east coast of Abu Dhabi - and the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the first major event to take place on the circuit.
The track is criticised with media observers urging changes to the track. 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.
Drivers in bold are competing in the Formula One championship in the current season.
|5||Lewis Hamilton||2011, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019|
|3||Sebastian Vettel||2009, 2010, 2013|
Teams in bold are competing in the Formula One championship in the current season.
|6||Mercedes||2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|4||Red Bull||2009, 2010, 2013, 2020|
Manufacturers in bold are competing in the Formula One championship in the current season.
|7||Mercedes||2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|4||Renault||2009, 2010, 2012, 2013|
|2009||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||Report|
|2010||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||Report|
|2013||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||Report|
|2020||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing-Honda||Report|