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Yas Marina Where the 2014 F1 Season Comes To an End

This year’s Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be the last one for the season. Drivers will get double points for podium finishes. The race will kick off on November 21st and end on 23rd November 2014. This will certainly be the biggest sporting event on Middle Eastern soil. Even without delving into the specifics of the race, Formula One diehards know what it means to have a race taking place.

Yas Marina

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place at the Yas Marina Circuit. The state held its first Grand Prix in 2009. Since then, the country has had a partnership with Formula One. Drivers have to battle it off in a race that covers a total of 55 laps. There is also intense heat from the scorching sun. Abu Dhabi is located in a region well known for its desert features. However, the country has spent the millions of dollars it earns from oil revenues well.

Living up to the promise

The race happens to be among the recent additions in the Formula One calendar. So far, Abu Dhabi has lived to its promise. Many a Formula 1 fan looks forward to this event. It is the only F1 race held during twilight hours. The Yas Marina circuit comes to life with its magnificent lighting. Hermann Tilke is the man behind the track’s design. The name Yas Marina comes from the island on which the track is located.

No desert stops an exciting event

Yas Marina has a 50,000 spectator capacity. There are 21 corners twisting through the island. Tight corners and straights are a typical feature in all F1 circuits across the world. Drivers pass near the marina before racing through Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel. Since the region sits on a desert, the track passes through a number of sand dunes. Drivers are in for an exciting challenge.

Hamilton and Rosberg – usual suspects

Many expect the duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to take the top two positions. Hamilton appears to be the thirsty one here after Rosberg beat him in the just concluded Brazil Grand Prix. Even if Hamilton takes second position, he will still be crowned world champion. A victory, nonetheless, will grant him full bragging rights. He will also be the one to pop the champagne.

Away from the track

Back to the circuit, there are five grandstands. A grandstand is a structure designed in a way that spectators can seat and follow proceedings on the track. The grandstands are Marina, South, North, West and Main Grandstands. There is also a media center, VIP tower, pit and team buildings.

Monaco – unique comparison

Yas Marina circuit covers a surface area equivalent to 161.9 hectares. The exit lane to the pit stop goes underneath the main track, which is beyond imagination. The Monaco Grand Prix is another race where uniqueness and creativity is present. The race takes place in the streets. You need to be there in 2015 to see and experience it.

Hamilton on the verge of taking the 2014 F1 championship

Lewis Hamilton has been hitting motorsport headlines all year round. The British Grand Prix driver is poised to become this year’s champion. Hamilton only needs to finish the Sao Paolo Grand Prix in third place and come second in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Brazilian Grand Prix ends on Sunday, 9 November 2014. Hamilton is leading the 2014 Grand Prix standings with 316 points. His team Mercedes compatriot Nico Rosberg is second with 292 points. Even if Rosberg wins the remaining two races, Hamilton will still receive the champion crown on the strength of the aforementioned probabilities.

Winning is all Hamilton wants

In the 2014 season, Hamilton has won 10 races while Rosberg has four wins. Nonetheless, Hamilton is going for nothing but victory. Despite the fact that anything can happen is sports, Hamilton is very optimistic. Rosberg, on the other hand is not perturbed at all. A string of misfortunes has seen him retire in the British and Singaporean races earlier in the year. The Abu Dhabi race has a strange twist to it. The world motorsport body FIA has agreed to the award of double points to the winner in the last event. That would make it difficult for Hamilton. It means that he must win in both events.

The Brazilian test

Surprisingly, Hamilton has never won a race in Brazil. He, however, admits that the spirit of Ayrton Senna inspires him to perform wonders at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Hamilton says that Senna inspired him during childhood. He has always wanted to be like Senna. Brazilian fans love Hamilton. Moments after his arrival in Brazil for the 2014 race, he received a football shirt with his name emblazoned on it. Fans jokingly said that they would even consider giving Hamilton a Brazilian passport. This would make him one of their own. Ayrton Senna was one of the most successful Brazilian Formula One champion.

Sad memories

Hamilton still has sad memories of the Belgian Grand Prix. During the race, he was involved in a collision with Nico Rosberg, his teammate. He had to retire while Rosberg finished second. The German later apologized. The collision occurred in the second lap of the race. Rosberg was trying to overtake Hamilton. The front wing of his racing car hit the rear left tyre of his team mate’s car. The result was a damaged wing and a puncture. Hamilton had no choice but to retire.