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.
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.