The 10th Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the final race of the Formula One season and one of the biggest events on the UAE calendar. Beyond the motorsport action, social events and concerts take over the capital, making the Formula 1 weekend a highlight of the winter months.
The Grand Prix has been on the calendar since 2009 and the organisers insisted on and indeed paid for having it run as the last round of the championship. Indeed, the 2014 edition, “Abu Double” if you will, was famous for being run for double points, with the idea of creating more suspense for the season finale. Like many of Hermann Tilke’s creations, the track runs anti-clockwise and the pit lane exit is pretty unusual. The fact that most of the F1 action takes place in the evening means that the first Friday session, held in the afternoon, runs in completely different conditions to the rest of the weekend. Drivers and engineers have to take this into account when it comes to deciding on car set-up.
Join us for the latest updates and results from the Yas Marina circuit, as the first practice session for the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is about to get underway, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel of the SF71H, ready to evaluate the ideal set-up ahead of the qualifying session and the race on Sunday.