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 €800m ($1bn).
The generally slow nature of the original layout, despite two long straights, meant it was been slow to win favour with drivers. It quickly developed a reputation for poor racing following its second F1 race, the 2010 season finale, where Fernando Alonso saw his title hopes destroyed as he spent lap after lap stuck behind the slower Renault of Vitaly Petrov.
Nonetheless the top-class nature of its facilities, such as 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.
In 2021 a raft of changes were made to the track, aimed at improving the racing. Two sequences of chicanes were replaced by quicker corners, and some slower turns eased. However the first race on the revised configuration was overshadows by the controversial conclusion to the season, when FIA F1 race director Michael Masi broke the rules to arrange a last-lap restart in which the destiny of the world championship changed hands.
Yas Marina track data
|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 (Sebastian Vettel, 2009)|
|Fastest lap||1’34.779 (Lewis Hamilton, 2019, qualifying three)|
|Maximum speed||339kph (210.645 mph)|
|Distance from grid to turn one||305m|
|Longest flat-out section||1233m|
|Gear changes per lap||56|
|Fuel use per lap||1.82kg|
|Time penalty per lap of fuel||0.04s|
*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
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