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Yas Marina Circuit
Specs:
Circuit direction:
Clockwise
Circuit length:
5.554 km.
Number of turns:
20
Abu Dhabi

Luxury and racing combined

The Yas Marina track is believed to be the most expensive circuit in history, having been constructed for Formula One on a man-made island at a reputed cost of $1 billion. Needless to say, it lacks nothing in terms of facilities, yet it has failed to capture the imagination of the drivers and fans, with overtaking in particular proving particularly difficult.

The project was born as Formula One began searching for new venues in states with chequebooks that could match Bernie Ecclestone's increasingly hefty financial demands. After the success of the Bahrain Cicuit, the authorities in Abu Dhabi were keen to raise their profile and identified land on the newly-constructed Yas Island for the circuit.

Wall of Fame

Hankook 4H ABU DHABI 2019
Avelon Formula - Wolf GB08 CN - Bellarosa, Belotti - 102 laps

Racing at the Hermann Tilke-designed facility has been mixed – passing has proved difficult, despite the long straights. The majority of the corners are medium or slow speed, making this a very technical track at which obtaining a good car balance is difficult.

Aside from Formula One, the circuit has also hosted the short-lived FIA GT1 World Series, rounds of GP2 Asia and the full GP2 Series and overseas rounds of the V8 Supercar Championships.

Information

Location:
Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Time Zone:
GST (UTC+4)
FIA Grade:
1
Lap record:
1:39,283 by Lewis Hamilton (F1), 2019