McLaren Honda F1 Abu Dhabi Grand-Prix preview

McLaren Honda F1 Abu Dhabi Grand-Prix preview

21.11.2016: 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Formula 1 Round 21/21 25-27 November 2016

2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Formula 1  Round 21/21
25-27 November 2016





Circuit stats



2015 winner Nico Rosberg, 55 laps, 1:38:30.175


2015 pole position Nico Rosberg, 1m40.237s


2015 fastest lap Lewis Hamilton, 1m44.517s (lap 44)


Name Yas Marina Circuit


First race 2009


Circuit length 5.554km/3.451 miles (7th longest of the season)


Distance to Turn One 300m/0.186 miles (longest of the season: Mexico, 800m/0.497 miles)


Longest straight 1.2km/0.746 miles, on the approach to the Turn Eight


Top speed 335km/h/208mph, on the approach to Turn Eight


Pitlane length 360m/0.224 miles, estimated time loss 22s


Full throttle 60 per cent


DRS zones Two, on the approach to Turns Eight and 11


Key corner Turn Seven, a non-descript left-hand hairpin. But for all its benign characteristics, the corner is crucial because the longest straight on the lap follows. You need a good exit to maximise what becomes the first DRS zone and one of the best overtaking opportunities on the lap


Fastest corner 260km/h (162mph), Turn Two


Slowest corner 72km/h (45mph), Turn Seven


Major changes for 2016 None, except for maintenance work


Fuel consumption 1.81kg per lap, which is relatively high


ERS demands Medium. There are several slow corners around the lap where ERS deployment is crucial at the exit. But there are lots of braking zones around the lap in which to regain energy under braking


Brake wear High. There are 13 braking zones around the lap, which means 18 per cent of the lap is spent braking. Braking forces peak at 5.09g on the approach to Turn Eight


Gear changes 68 per lap/3,740 per race




Circuit facts




History lesson



At a cost of £800m, the Yas Marina Circuit is the most expensive racetrack ever constructed. It’s situated on the eastern side of the man-made Yas Island and it’s suitably sophisticated: the pitlane exit passes under the track; the pit garages are air-conditioned and the track has the largest permanent lighting system in the world.




What makes it unique


It’s the only twilight race on the calendar. It starts in daylight and finishes at night, presenting the drivers with the unique challenge of having to contend with bright sunshine at the start of the race and darkness later on.




Grip levels



Medium. The asphalt is quite smooth and it’s quite grippy. But the predominance of slow-speed corners means mechanical grip is at a premium and to help this, Pirelli bring its three softest tyre compounds to the race.




Run-off


Medium. A lot of the run-off is asphalt, which raises the question of track limits at various points around the lap. But there are some gravel traps and there’s a quirky aspect to the gravel at Turn Seven, the hairpin: it extends under the grandstand.





Watch out for…


The changes in track temperature. The asphalt can cool by as much as 15 degrees during the race, once the sun has gone down. That can alter the balance of the car and make life tricky for the drivers.






The drivers on: the circuit



 
#14 Fernando Alonso




“The faster first sector and the two long straights in the middle sector at Yas Marina mean that it isn’t a track that will naturally suit our package, but over the course of Friday we’ll work hard to dial in the car to make the most of what we have and extract as much performance as possible.



It’s an interesting track to set the car up for, as although it’s in the desert, the track temperature cools a lot during the course of the race as we reach twilight, so the tyre conditions and grip levels are constantly evolving as we reach the chequered flag.



 It’s a really unique place and a great circuit to end the season at, and I hope we can push for a positive end to the year.”




 
#22 Jenson Button



“Yas Marina is a pretty technical race track, with a relatively low average speed thanks to the tight corners in the final sector, which gives it many of the characteristics of a street circuit.



Typically, overtaking is quite tricky there, so it’s important we do as much as we can in qualifying and hope for a strong, clean start like many that we’ve enjoyed so far this year, and make the most of our strategy in order to get the best possible result.



If we use the track time productively on Friday it’ll give us the best opportunity to set the car up for the weekend and, hopefully, avoid a repeat of Brazil where I really struggled for pace in the race.



Our package definitely has more potential than that, and I hope that I can push it to the limit and give the team and the fans a good end to the year.”

 





Event stats


Start time 17:00hrs local/13:00hrs GMT



Race distance 55 laps (full world championship points will be awarded after 75 per cent distance/41 laps)


Safety Car likelihood Low. Statistically, there’s only a 40 per cent chance of a Safety Car, largely due to no Safety Car periods in either of the last two years



When to press record The eyes of the sporting world will be on the world championship showdown between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. But there are other aspects of the weekend to look forward to, most notably qualifying. It’s difficult to overtake in Abu Dhabi, so a good grid position is vital



Don’t put the kettle on…All of the cars in the top 10 made two pitstops last year, pitting on or around laps 10 and 30. Tyre degradation and wear are low at the Yas Marina Circuit, so expect more of the same this year


Weather conditions NOW 26 degrees and sunny RACE FORECAST 28 degrees, with more sun



Tyre choices Ultrasoft/Supersoft/Soft, a combination that was last used at the Singapore Grand Prix





Event facts



First Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2009.
Official slogan   Welcome to Hyper Speed.



Abu Dhabi's F1 heritage



The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the second F1 race in the Middle East, after Bahrain. But Abu Dhabi quickly established itself as a popular race with teams, drivers and spectators.



The teams conduct a lot of testing at the track, with Pirelli staying on after the race to conduct some 2017 tyre testing at the end of November.




Smallest winning margin


0.852s, in 2012. This was the infamous race won by Kimi Räikkönen, who announced over the radio, “leave me alone, I know what I’m doing.”



Kimi inherited the lead from Lewis Hamilton after the McLaren driver retired with a fuel pump failure. A Safety Car with 13 laps remaining closed up the field and led to a thrilling dice between Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso.




Sporting legacy



Football and cricket are the most popular sports in Abu Dhabi. The UAE Football Association was established in 1971 and Pakistan now plays all of its home international matches at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. But the popularity of motorsport is growing in the region and the Yas Marina Circuit is used all year round for track days.





Did you know?


Six of the 21 corners at the Yas Marina circuit are taken at less than 100km/h (62mph). Only Monaco and Singapore have more.




Don’t forget



McLaren has won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix once, in 2011, and taken two pole positions.




Fan zone

James, aged 18, from Dubai, asks: “How do the drivers cope with the changing light, from day to night?”



McLaren’s answer: “As the sun sets, it can be very blinding for the drivers – particularly on the straight towards Turn 15. To counter that glare, they place a dark tear-off on top a clear visor. Once the sun has dropped behind the grandstands, they can then dispose of the dark visor tear-off, giving them clear vision for the remainder of the race.”




Silvia Hoffer Frangipane- photos McLaren

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