Yas Marina 1862

Yas Marina

Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit was an opulent addition to the Formula 1 World Championship when it opened in 2009.

Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit was an opulent addition to the Formula 1 World Championship when it opened in 2009. Another Hermann Tilke designed facility, it is built around the marina on Yas Island and passes underneath a futuristic hotel. It was the first Grand Prix to be held at dusk so that the event ends in darkness with fireworks and spectacular lighting on the hotel. The pitlane is unique in that its exit passes underneath the track. Although many drivers welcomed the circuit’s challenges, the layout made it difficult to overtake. That was amply illustrated when Vitaly Petrov was able to hold off the faster Ferrari of Fernando Alonso in 2010. That was enough to hand a first World Championship to Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton also clinched the title here in 2014. It was modified in 2021 to improve passing opportunities with turn 5/6 chicane bypassed and a banked corner replacing turns 11-14. The revised circuit was venue for the controversial final GP of 2021 when Max Verstappen passed Lewis Hamilton on the last lap to clinch his first title.

Grand Prix Circuit

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Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.281 (Miles)

Change

Turn 6 bypassed, Turns 7 and 15-18 reprofiled, Turns 11-14 replaced by banked turn

Fastest Race Lap

Max Verstappen (Red Bull RB16B-Honda), 1m26.103, 144.288 mph, F1, 2021

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Max Verstappen (Red Bull RB16B-Honda), 1m22.109, 151.307 mph, F1, 2021

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.451 (Miles)

Fastest Race Lap

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+), 1m39.283, 125.133 mph, F1, 2019

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+), 1m34.799, 131.079 mph, F1, 2019

Corkscrew Circuit

2009 - 2020

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.939 (Miles)

Fastest Race Lap

Charles Pic (Dallara GP2/11-Renault), 1m37.656, 108.344 mph, GP2, 2011

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Romain Grosjean (Dallara GP2/11-Renault), 1m36.041, 110.166 mph, GP2, 2011

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