2014 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
The racing circuit on Yas Island sits at the heart of an entertainment complex that grows bigger every time Formula One visits. Racing under the lights, against the backdrop of the shimmering circuit hotel and marina, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has forged an identity for itself in a very short space of time.
Each of the three sectors at Yas offers a very different challenge. The lap opens with high-speed corners, followed by two long straights separated by a chicane and ends with a replica street-circuit, complete with tight-radius turns around the yacht basin. It creates the classic setup dilemma between having the speed to attack or defend on the straights, versus the high-downforce requirements of the technical sections. The short history of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix suggests there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong answer.
With double points on offer for the 2014 season finale, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes Formula One into uncharted waters – in every sense it is a unique event in the 65 years of the World Championship.