Once upon a time, this place was home to desert tribes, pirates, pearl fishers, dromedaries and date sellers. Today, we find skyscrapers, shopping malls, one of the highest incomes per capita in the world – even with the fluctuating price of oil – and, naturally, Yas Marina. Abu Dhabi is one of seven Arab Emirates and the circuit takes it’s name from the island – an artificial one – on which it is built. It is five and a half kilometres in length and boasts 21 corners, half of them crammed into the final sector, which is set against the backdrop of the spectacular Viceroy hotel. At night, it’s even more impressive thanks to its iridescent lighting.
Join us later in the afternoon for the latest news, updates and results from the Yas Marina circuit, as the second practice session for the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is about to start, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel of the SF71H, ready to continue evaluating and identifying the ideal set-up ahead of the qualifying session and the race on Sunday.