One of the more modern circuits on the calendar, this Hermann Tilke designed track hosts the final race of the season.
Read more about how the drivers will prepare for 21 corners of the Yas Marina Circuit in our track guide below.
|Track length||5.554km/3.451 miles (seventh-longest track of the year – longest: Spa-Francorchamps, shortest: Monaco)|
|2016 pole position||Lewis Hamilton, 1m38.755s|
|2016 fastest lap||Sebastian Vettel, 1m43.729s (lap 43)|
|Lap record||1:40.279s (Sebastian Vettel, 2009)|
|Distance to Turn One||300m/0.186 miles (longest of season: Mexico 800m/0.497 miles)|
|Longest straight||1200m/0.746 miles, on the approach to Turn One (longest of the season: Baku, 2.1km/1.305 miles)|
|Top speed||320km/h/199mph, on the approach to Turn Eight (fastest of season: Monza, 360km/h/224mph)|
|Full throttle||63 per cent (highest of the season: Monza, 75 per cent)|
|Fuel consumption||1.80kg per lap, which is relatively high|
|ERS demands||Medium. Efficient ERS deployment is crucial at the exit of the slow corners, but there are plenty of opportunities to recoup the energy under braking|
|Gear changes||69 per lap/3,740 per race|
The fast corners at the beginning of the lap are expected to be flat-out this year, so the engineering focus will be on the two long straights and the collection of slow corners at the end of the lap. Six of Yas Marina Circuit’s 21 corners are taken at less than 100km/h/62mph, so slow-speed traction is vital, and it’s important not to overheat the surface of the tyre.
How to tell when a driver's really on it
You have to use the kerbs if you’re really on it. The exit kerb of the high-speed Turn Three is one key place and the chicanes are another. The drivers also run very close to the exit barrier at Turn 19 when they’re on a fast lap.
Trickiest bits for the driver
Trying to understand the changing track conditions. There’s a huge temperature swing between day and night, and the balance of the car changes dramatically in line with that. The wind also changes direction depending on the time of day, which also affects car performance.
Medium-to-high downforce. The cars need good straight-line speed, but they also need good traction through the slower corners at the end of the lap.
Medium. The track surface is relatively smooth, but it’s quite slippery because sand gets blown across it from the surrounding desert.
Purple Ultrasoft, red Supersoft and yellow Soft – the 10th time this combination has been used in 2017.
High. There are 13 braking zones around the lap, which means 18 per cent of the lap is spent braking.
Tips if you're a gamer
While it’s satisfying to take Turns One and Two flat-out, that isn’t where the time is made up at Yas Marina Circuit. The slow corners at the end of the lap are crucial to get right, so ensure your car has good front-end grip and good traction. There aren’t many overtaking opportunities – Fernando Alonso will tell you it’s single-file through Sectors One and Three. Such a procession can be useful during the race, if fuel consumption becomes critical. It’s easy to conduct some lift-and-coast without being overtaken.