Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Marina Circuit
(2021–present)
Yas Marina Circuit.png
Race information
Number of times held13
First held2009
Most wins (drivers)United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton (5)
Most wins (constructors)Germany Mercedes (6)
Circuit length5.281 km (3.281 mi)
Race length306.183 km (190.253 mi)
Laps58
Last race (2021)
Pole position
Podium
Fastest lap

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Arabic: سباق جائزة أبوظبي الكبرى) 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.[1]

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.[2] The event has been held every year since, and is due to take place at the Yas Marina Circuit until at least 2030.

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.[3] Subsequent Abu Dhabi Grands Prix have also been day–night races.

History[edit]

Origin[edit]

Formula 1 first came to Abu Dhabi in 2007 in the guise of the first Formula One Festival.[4] Announced in January 2007,[5] 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.[6] At the festival it was announced that Abu Dhabi had won the rights to host a Grand Prix from 2009 until 2016.[7][8] Later that year, Etihad Airways negotiated a three-year deal for them to become sponsors of the Grand Prix.[9] In 2021, an extended 10-year agreement was signed between Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management and the Formula One Group. The event, which will continue to be hosted at Yas Marina Circuit, retains the contractual right to hold final race of the F1 season for the next decade.[10][clarification needed]

Inaugural Grand Prix (2009)[edit]

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.[11] Both the Canadian Grand Prix and French Grand Prix were later removed from the provisional schedule,[12][13] and as a result the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was moved to 1 November 2009 where it would become the last of 17 meetings.[14] 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.[15] The race was won by Sebastian Vettel for Red Bull Racing.[16]

2010[edit]

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.

2011[edit]

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.

2012[edit]

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.

2013[edit]

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.[17]

2014[edit]

The 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix took place on 23 November[18] and was the concluding race of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Double points were awarded for the race, which was won by Lewis Hamilton, securing his second Drivers' Championship.

2015[edit]

The 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was held on 29 November 2015. The race was won by Nico Rosberg making it three wins in a row with Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Räikkönen completing the podium.

2016[edit]

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.

2017[edit]

The 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was held on 26 November 2017. The race was won by Valtteri Bottas, with Lewis Hamilton in second and Sebastian Vettel completing the podium.

2018[edit]

The 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was held on 25 November 2018. The race was won by Lewis Hamilton, with Sebastian Vettel in second and Max Verstappen completing the podium.

2019[edit]

The 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was held on 1 December 2019. The race was won by six-time champion Lewis Hamilton, with Max Verstappen in second and Charles Leclerc in third.

2020[edit]

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.

2021[edit]

The 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was held on 12 December 2021. Max Verstappen won his first World Drivers' Championship by finishing first, followed by Lewis Hamilton in second, and Carlos Sainz Jr. in third. Mercedes won their 8th consecutive Constructors' Championship, followed closely by Red Bull Racing in second. Verstappen's race and championship win was mired in controversy after Mercedes initially intended to appeal results on the grounds that Michael Masi may have used the incorrect procedure for withdrawing the safety car prior to resuming racing on the final lap of the race and although Mecedes subsequently dropped their appeal the FIA has now launched an inquiry into the events of the race.

Circuit[edit]

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. The 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the first major event to take place on the circuit.[19]

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 expected to be completed in time for the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.[20] The turn 5/6 chicane is due to be removed; turns 5, 6 and 7 will be replaced by a single, less severe hairpin. The turn 7 hairpin is due to be widened. Turns 11 through 14 will be replaced by a sweeping banked curve. The radius of turns 17–19 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.[21][22]

Gallery[edit]

Title sponsor[edit]

Winners[edit]

Repeat winners (drivers)[edit]

Yas Marina Circuit layout used from 2009 to 2020

Drivers in bold are competing in the Formula One championship in the current season.

Wins Driver Years won
5 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 2011, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel 2009, 2010, 2013
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen 2020, 2021
Source:[33]

Repeat winners (constructors)[edit]

Teams in bold are competing in the Formula One championship in the current season.

Wins Constructor Years won
6 Germany Mercedes 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
5 Austria Red Bull Racing 2009, 2010, 2013, 2020, 2021
Source:[33]

Repeat winners (engine manufacturers)[edit]

Manufacturers in bold are competing in the Formula One championship in the current season.

Wins Manufacturer Years won
7 Germany Mercedes 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
4 France Renault 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
2 Japan Honda 2020, 2021
Source:[33]

By year[edit]

Year Driver Constructor Report
2009 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault Report
2010 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault Report
2011 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Report
2012 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault Report
2013 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault Report
2014 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Report
2015 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes Report
2016 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Report
2017 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Report
2018 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Report
2019 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Report
2020 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda Report
2021 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda Report
Source:[33]

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