Yas Marina Circuit
|Location||Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE|
|Time zone||GMT +4|
|Owner||Government of Abu Dhabi|
|Operator||Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management|
|Broke ground||May 2007|
|Construction cost||£800 million|
AED 3.792 billion
|Major events||Formula One|
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (2009–present)
Formula 2 (2017–2019, 2021–present)
Asian Le Mans Series
4 Hours of Abu Dhabi (2021)
F3 Asian Championship (2020–present)
Formula 4 UAE Championship (2016–present)
GP2 Series (2009–2016)
World RX of Abu Dhabi (2019)
V8 Supercars Yas V8 400 (2010-2012)
FIA GT1 World Championship (2010-2011)
GP2 Asia Series, Drag Racing, Gulf 12 Hours, World Triathlon Series
|Grand Prix Circuit (from 2021)|
|Length||5.281 km (3.281 mi)|
|Grand Prix Circuit (2009–2021)|
|Length||5.554 km (3.451 mi)|
|Race lap record||1:39.283 ( Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 2019, F1)|
|Corkscrew Circuit (2009–2021)|
|Length||4.730 km (2.939 mi)|
|Race lap record||1:37.745 ( Jules Bianchi, Lotus ART, 2011, GP2 Asia)|
|North Circuit (2009–2021)|
|Length||3.130 km (1.945 mi)|
|Race lap record||1:10.027 ( Olli Caldwell, Silberpfeil Energy Dubai, 2018, Formula 4)|
|South Circuit (2009–2021)|
|Length||2.360 km (1.466 mi)|
|Race lap record||59.572 ( Jonathan Aberdein, Team Motopark, 2017, Formula 4)|
The Yas Marina Circuit (Arabic: حلبة مرسى ياس) 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 twenty-one corners twist through Yas Island off the Abu Dhabi coast, passing 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 striking facade lighting design by Rogier van der Heide, and winding its way through several long straights and tight corners.
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 is set to change as the current turns 4, 5, and 6 are to be redesigned along with turns 11, 12 and 13 also being reconfigured, ready for the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
- Seating Capacity – 60,000
- Area – 161.9 ha
- Length – 5.281 km
- Longest straight – 1.14 km (1,246.72 yd)
- Elevation change – 10.7 m
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. 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. 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. Turns 4, 5, and 6 will be replaced by a single hairpin, turns 11 through 14 will be replaced by a sweeping banked curve, and turns 18 through 20 will be 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:
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