The 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 length||5.554km (3.451 miles)|
|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|
|Longest flat-out section||1233m|
|Gear changes per lap||68|
|Fuel use per lap||2.6kg|
|Time penalty per lap of fuel||0.104s|
|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
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