The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been the last race on the Formula One calendar for the last four years and it’s grown into quite an event. So much so that it’s hard to imagine the season finishing anywhere else now. It’s certainly spectacular visually as the race is set in the evening, where it starts in daylight, but ends at night, under the glare of lights overhanging the circuit.
It’s split up into three distinct parts. The first sector is reasonably flowing with turns two and three being high speed. Sector two is all about straight-line speed and horsepower. There are two long straights (each a kilometer long) separated by a slow chicane and it is here that we will see most of the overtaking. Sector three is twisty and windy and it is very important for lap time due to the many corners crammed into it. You set the car up for here mostly and the drivers that crack this sector will be the ones near the front of the grid.
What makes this race interesting is that the form here will be a good indicator for 2018. The regulations will be fairly unchanged for next year and teams are looking to bring updates for this race with an eye on next year. Any improvements from one or two of the teams this weekend will be promising for next year. It’s really almost like an extended test session as well as a race weekend.
Join us later in the afternoon for the latest news, updates and results from the Yas Marina circuit as the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is about to get underway, with Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel of the SF70H, ready to challenge Mercedes and Red Bull for a a win the last race of the 2017 Formula One season.