Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi – circuit information

Start, Abu Dhabi, 2009The Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, is believed to be the most expensive F1 track ever built, with a reputed construction cost in 2009 in excess of ?é?ú800m ($1bn).

No expense was spared for the construction of the purpose-built facility on a man-made island. Its most distinctive feature is the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel which sits atop the track, and bridges it between turns 18 and 19. Another unique feature is the pit lane exits, which passes underneath the circuit by means of a tunnel.

The generally slow nature of the layout, despite two long straights, means it has been slow to win favour with drivers. It is rather meagre in terms of capacity as well, with seating for just 41,000.

However the top-class nature of its facilities, including the luxury of air-conditioned garages, makes it popular with paddock inhabitants. And the unique spectacle of sun setting during the races makes for a picturesque venue.

Lap data
Lap length 5.554km (3.451 miles)
Race laps 55
Race distance 305.355km (189.739 miles)
Pole position Right-hand side of the track
Lap record* 1’40.279 (199.388 kph) by Sebastian Vettel, 2009
Fastest lap 1’38.434 (203.125 kph) by Lewis Hamilton, 2011
Maximum speed 310kph (192.625 mph)
DRS zone/s (race) Two straights
Distance from grid to turn one 300m
Car performance
Full throttle 69%
Longest flat-out section 1233m
Downforce level High
Gear changes per lap 68
Fuel use per lap 2.6kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel 0.104s
Strategy
Quickest complete pit stop in 2012 19.066s by Red Bull (see full list)
2013 prime tyre**: Medium (2012: Soft)
2013 option tyre**: Soft (2012: Medium)

*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
**Pirelli’s compounds are softer than those used in 2012

Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes

Video lap of Yas Marina

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P2NywNPZl8

Track map of Yas Marina

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix track map

Yas Marina images

Image ?é?® Yas Marina