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PostSubject: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:30 am

2012 FORMULA 1 EITHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX

Formula 1 is on a back-to-back weekend deal, meaning that the 2012 Formula 1 Eithad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is taking this weekend. The 2012 Yas Marina Circuit marks the eighteenth round of the 2012 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.





As one of the world’s richest and mightiest sports, Formula One is an appropriate fit for Abu Dhabi. The city is not only the largest and wealthiest of the seven United Arab Emirates, it is also the richest city in the world, with the average net worth of individuals of the 420,000 residents at $17 million.

The city has got a motor racing facility to match, with the Yas Marina Circuit part of a much larger complex. This includes a Ferrari Theme Park, golf courses, hotels and various other tourist attractions. Costing the government £800,000,000 to build, they are hoping that building infrastructure and first-class facilities will boost the economy and interest in Abu Dhabi. With the global appeal of F1, the attention will certainly be on Abu Dhabi this weekend. The Grand Prix is unique in the sense that the event starts in day light, and then ends in darkness – which looks spectacular.

Abu Dhabi will be a crucial Grand Prix for Fernando Alonso, as they’ve been outscored and outpaced by Sebastian Vettel in the last two events. The Yas Marina course is different in all three sectors, however twisty sections are common. This is balanced out by two giant straightaways. This should allow for decent passing on Sunday with DRS.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix fast facts

-Driving direction: Counter-clockwise
-Average speed of lap: 124 mph
Pit straight length: 395 metres
-Longest period at full throttle: 14.3 seconds/1140 metres
-Period at full throttle: 60 %
-Gear changes per lap: 60
-Number of left turns: 12
-Number of right turns: 9
-Maximum g-force force: 5.0 g
-Total race distance: 189 miles

Overtaking opportunities

There are three key overtaking opportunity at this Yas Marina circuit. The first opportunity comes at turn 1 where drivers will reach just under 180 mph before braking to 80 mph. Pulling off this move requires a mistake exiting the final corner for real speed differential, as the braking zone for turn 1 is relatively short.

The best opportunities though come at the circuit’s two long back straightaways, which are connected by a chicane – making overtaking very possible due to the large braking zones. The drivers will reach almost 200 mph before stamping on the brake pedal to just 50 mph for turn 8 – this is a very heavy braking zone and a superb opportunity to overtake. The straight between turn 7 and 8 will be the first DRS activation zone, so this section of the track should be slipstreaming galore. It only gets better at turn 11, where the cars will exceed 200 mph on one of the longest straights in F1 and brake to just 75 mph for the turn. The straight between turn 9 and 11 will form the second DRS zone, these two straights seem perfect for the FIA's DRS system.

The long straightaways were specifically designed to encourage overtaking, however, because the rest of the circuit is so twisty and offers little elsewhere to pass, staying close behind in the turbulence to utilise the back straightaways can be difficult.

What to watch for

Abu Dhabi represents a tricky balancing act for teams, whether to prioritise downforce for the twisty sections or to set-up for good straight line speed. It wouldn’t be surprising to see midfield to be fast in a straight line, so they can effectively pass their main competitors. One or two pit stops may be the strategy choice once again, but with the medium compound tyre being used, it might not be as durable as the hard tyre was last weekend. Abu Dhabi would reward newer tyres, with all the traction-limited corner exits, but the pit lane loss is also one of the most severe.

Car requirements

The circuit requires medium downforce levels and a lot of mechanical, low speed grip. Although there are two very long straights, the rest is mainly very twisty and slow, almost like a street circuit requiring a lot of downforce and low speed grip. Teams will also bring larger cooling vents too; air temperatures should be over 30 degrees meaning that effective engine cooling will be essential in desert. Although high downforce levels will greatly help with the numerous tight corners, some teams may opt for a slippery car in a straight line to defend and pass effectively in the powerful DRS-zone – especially in the ultra-competitive mid-field.

Abu Dhabi’s back straightaways also put a focus on good stability under braking and braking performance, in total the drivers will hit the brake pedal 11 times per lap. Teams may decide to add additional cooling ducts to the brakes, however, they will want to use the smallest ducts as possible to avoid losing downforce.

Tyre selections

Pirelli will bring their Soft and Medium P Zero tyres to Abu Dhabi. The graphic below shows Pirelli’s 2012 range of P Zero tyres and their respective markings:



Video footage

Here is a flying lap of the Yas Marina Circuit with Fernando Alonso, driving his Ferrari F10 from the 2010 event:



Weekend schedule in UK time:

Fri 02 November 2012

Friday Practice 1 09:00 – 10:30
Friday Practice 2 13:00 – 14:30

Sat 03 November 2012

Saturday Practice 10:00 – 11:00
Qualifying 13:30

Sun 04 November 2012

Start of Formation Lap 13:00
2012 Abu Dhavi Grand Prix Race Start 13:03

Full weekend schedule in local time

Thursday 1st November:

3 Day Ticket Holders Pit Lane Walk 14:00 – 16:30
Formula Press Conference – Press Room 15:00

Friday 2nd November:

V8 First Practice Session 10:15 – 10:45
V8 Second Practice Session 11:45 – 12:15
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:15 – 12:45
Formula One Practice 1 13:00 – 14:30
V8 Qualifying Session 15:00 – 15:20
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 15:30 – 16:40
Formula One Practice 2 17:00 – 18:30
Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 19:00 – 20:00

Saturday 3rd November

V8 First Race (12 Laps or 25 Mins) 10:00 – 10:30
V8 Second Race (12 Laps or 25 Mins) 11:55 – 12:25
Formula One Pit Stop Practice 12:30 – 13:15
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:30 – 13:30
Formula One Practice 3 14:00 – 15:00
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 15:15 – 16:30
Formula One Qualifying 17:00
Circuit Rides 19:00 – 20:00

Sunday 4th November

Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 13:00 – 13:45
V8 Third Race (12 Laps or 25 Mins) 13:30 – 14:00
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 14:30 – 16:20
Formula One Drivers Parade 15:30
Formula One Starting Grid Presentation 15:30 – 16:15
Formula One National Anthem 16:46
Start of Formula One Formation Lap 17:00
Start of 2012 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 17:03

UK Television schedules – GMT time

In addition to Sky F1’s coverage of the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, BBC is showing this weekend’s Grand Prix sessions live. All live sessions can also be viewed on BBC’s F1 website, free of charge: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/

Friday 2nd November

BBC Red Button Coverage

Practice One: 0855-1030,
Practice Two: 1255-1430, Red Button

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice One: 8.45
Practice Two: 12.45

Saturday 3rd November

BBC Coverage

Practice Three: 0955-1100, Red Button
Qualifying: 1210-1415, BBC One

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice Three: 9.45
Qualifying: 12:00

Sunday 4th November

BBC Coverage

1210-1415, BBC One

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Race: 11.30 am

Live timing and scoring is available for every session at http://www.formula1.com/ Registration is required to view live timing. If you wish to watch this Grand Prix outside the UK, please check your local listings.


Previous winners of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

2009 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault
2010 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault
2011 – Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes Benz

Enjoy the Grand Prix!



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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:48 am

Tilke has penned circuits with massive straightaways...perhaps too long? It seems hitting the rev limiter is becoming an increasingly big problem for passing down these giant wide open sections. Combined with DRS detection, perhaps there should be an extra 500 rpm to allow a driver to pass, rather than catch someone and suddenly the momentum stalls?

I also don't understand the rule of picking gear ratio's before the season starts, how much does it cost to fiddle with ratio's? Its not like its done mechanically.

I can just envisage Sunday, somebody gets a big run...and the progress stalls. It wouldn't be such a problem, but Tilke has a love for ultra long back straights, his tracks especially highlight the problem.


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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Sat Nov 03, 2012 12:03 pm

Next year arnt they limited to 8 gear ratios?

To be honest formula one is becoming far to consriptive and there needs to be a safety car around the fia building that leads to the rules being opened up for everything from tyre suppliers to the type if engines used. The rules I advocate as for safety and cutting downforce.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:22 pm

I believe that is true, yes. It seems very strange to have 8 ratios for 20 different circuits, wet or dry. Get ready to hear the rev limiter an awful lot more…

There definitely needs to be more safety cars, this is something that I’ve campaigned for – the sport is still too dangerous. If F1 wants to catch on in the USA, they’ll definitely need cautions.

I don’t see much benefit of different tyre suppliers, manufactures develop compounds for little purpose, it just becomes an arms race like car development. Michelin used to have a 120 different compounds, it was a mad waste. F1 arguably was at its nadir when the rules were far less restrictive, 2000 – 2005. The bigger teams don’t need an excuse to spend more money. At the moment, teams like Sauber and Force India are more reliable and competitive than I can remember “midfield” teams being; and Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari are so close to each other.

IMO, the quality and depth of competition is far more important. The public won’t notice different brands of tyre or different engines, but they will notice the close proximity of the cars. Car development is still a major factor in F1, there always seems to be a team that finds a loop hole or device to gain time; the innovation and creativity is just within tighter rules, but it still exists.

Hopefully, the 2014 rules cut downforce levels. More importantly than anything else, though, the last couple of GP’s have shown why the unpredictable opening races were excellent for the sport. Tyres will dictate more than anything, and seeing everyone one stop isn’t great.


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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:37 am

vettel to the back of the grid. should make the race bit more interesting.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:01 am

This gives alonso his chance and if the red bull has its standard lower gearing betel might have a very tuff time to through the pack. This good spice things up better than a safety car period.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:02 am

Well well, doesn’t this shake up the complexion of things? Starting in the pitlane allows RBR to alter Vettel’s gear ratio’s, that’s going to be absolutely key for overtaking tomorrow. In qualifying, both Red Bull’s were the slowest car in a straight line; they clearly geared their cars a little shorter expecting a front row start.

Even with the tweaks that a pitlane start gives Vettel, the durability of the tyres in recent GP's means that there isn't much strategy variation.

Maldonado could have an excellent Grand Prix tomorrow. He’s got the fastest car in a straight line with a great starting spot; he just needs to convert this qualifying potential into a good race. It’s imperative that Webber gets away cleanly, because Pastor may pass him down a straightaway if he gets a draft.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:48 am

Totally bonkers race. Classic radio and podium interview from Kimi lol!, and a great win for him and the team. finlandflag

This though had Hamilton written all over it. His reaction on the pit wall was like that of Vettel after Korea 2010: very calm, smiling and acknowledging the team for a good job (OK, he's not in the fight for the title, but that's what his demeanour looked like to me).

Vettel's run through the field probably wouldn't have been as much of a damage limitation run if the second safety car hadn't arrived. The first one could've worked had he not clobbered that DRS post sign avoiding Ricciardo. He might have finished only 4th if that fight with Perez, di Resta, Grosjean and Webber hadn't turned out the way it did.

Nevertheless, his composure was exemplary in the aftermath of the incidents that befell him.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:04 am

Vettel drove a good Grand Prix, if not a spectacular one. He was practically given positions by other drivers; it wasn’t exactly a hard slog when other drivers merely rolled out the red carpet. Button gave Vettel a tough defense, as he should have done, and Vettel did brilliantly to pass Jenson on the outside of that turn. However, circumstances did fall into place rather well for Vettel, rather too well, perhaps.

I didn’t understand Vettel’s anger at Ricciardo, Vettel appeared to accelerate and never stopped…almost until it was too late. Not sure what Riccardo did wrong. On the whole, I don’t think Vettel’s drive through the pack was that impressive; it was more down to team decisions, cars letting him through and the Safety Car periods.

I’m glad to see that Karthikeyan is okay, that was a scary and bizarre shunt. Yet again, the drivers head was so exposed as Rosberg’s car almost encroached near the cockpit area of the HRT. Karthikeyan apparently had a loss of power steering, but he should have perhaps looked in his mirrors before slowing so dramatically.

For once, Maldonado was actually a victim of an incident. Webber tried to pinch Maldonado into the corner, but he simply left no room for Maldonado, Webber was only ever going to get spun. Perez was a bit stupid as well, his passing attempt on Di Resta was never going to happen, and he then turned in on Grosjean.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:10 am

Clearly, the most outstanding moments of the Grand Prix were the Safety Car periods. These really spiced up the show, all that debris was lethal, a Safety Car was definitely needed. Perez should also be praised for causing the second Safety Car period. They bunched up the pack, making everyone race again.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS GT looked beautiful in the dusk and night. You can always rely on naturally aspirated AMG power and Mobil 1 products when there is an accident.

It was such a treat to have TWO SC periods, not just one, but TWO.

If I were the race director, I'd call for Safety Car deployment whenever I felt like it - "debris can be seen, this could pose a serious danger". The debris could be Iraq, but don't worry, we'll call the Safety Car anyway. Remote-controlled Mr Blobby can go and pick it up.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:05 am

You must have been in your element, eh Sav? Rolling Eyes


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I’m glad to see that Karthikeyan is okay, that was a scary and bizarre shunt. Yet again, the drivers head was so exposed as Rosberg’s car almost encroached near the cockpit area of the HRT. Karthikeyan apparently had a loss of power steering, but he should have perhaps looked in his mirrors before slowing so dramatically.

He probably didn't expect Rosberg to be close behind him going at full speed prior to the steering failure, just as Rosberg didn't expect Karthikeyan to back off mid corner so suddenly.

It looked like, in my opinion, that Rosberg was setting himself up to pass the HRT at turn 17, but being that close to a car that decides to 'drop its anchor' in a high speed section of a track, there's little or no chance at all to avert away from the line of travel, especially if you're already committed to the racing line in said high speed section.

We should be thankful it wasn't any worse than how it played out.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:42 am

Should starting in the pitlane come with a one lap penalty to stop teams cheating?
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:19 am

CJ wrote:
You must have been in your element, eh Sav? Rolling Eyes


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I’m glad to see that Karthikeyan is okay, that was a scary and bizarre shunt. Yet again, the drivers head was so exposed as Rosberg’s car almost encroached near the cockpit area of the HRT. Karthikeyan apparently had a loss of power steering, but he should have perhaps looked in his mirrors before slowing so dramatically.

He probably didn't expect Rosberg to be close behind him going at full speed prior to the steering failure, just as Rosberg didn't expect Karthikeyan to back off mid corner so suddenly.

It looked like, in my opinion, that Rosberg was setting himself up to pass the HRT at turn 17, but being that close to a car that decides to 'drop its anchor' in a high speed section of a track, there's little or no chance at all to avert away from the line of travel, especially if you're already committed to the racing line in said high speed section.

We should be thankful it wasn't any worse than how it played out.

Yes CJ, it was a great when the SC got deployed. Very Happy

As for Rosberg, was attempting a pass into turn 17 particularly wise? It’s a one-line corner, a short braking zone and with little room for error with the steering lock applied into the tightening turn. If anything, if Rosberg had tried to pass into turn 17, Karthikeyan would have probably been caught out – very unusual place. I think the blame has to be apportioned to Karthikeyan, because Nico was catching him at such a rate, and when one has a problem, it might be wise to look in the mirror and get out of the way.

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Should starting in the pitlane come with a one lap penalty to stop teams cheating?

I think Vettel’s progress was massively aided by cars that just rolled over, he passed two cars in one corner at times, a lot of the passes weren’t really overtakes, more like breezing by. Perhaps the pitlane start shouldn’t allow for gear ratios to be altered. It effectively allows somebody to gear themselves according to their qualifying result, which is wrong, because everyone else has to pick their ratios by Friday night.

I’m not beating up on Vettel, I just don’t think he had to fight that hard for the positions he gained.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:32 am

The extremely independent view of Christian Horner:

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"Hats off to him today," Horner added. "That's one of the best drives I've seen him produce and any doubters that said he can't race, he's definitely proved them very wrong today."

Oh come on, most of the positions were handed to him on a plate. The drivers who really raced Vettel hard were Grosjean and Button, Vettel tried to use an undesignated area to pass Grosjean. Vettel’s pass on Button was great, but apart from that, he massively benefited from his altered car and the SC periods. Most all though, which I’m bemused at, is how most drivers didn’t put up any fight.

Vettel was breezing by most drivers and taking two drivers in one corner at times, that isn’t hard racing.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:20 pm

I can live with that
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:43 am

crazy race.

little disappointed vettel finished 3rd hoped the title points closed a little more up but 10points in it.

kimi was brilliant!

Vettel did a attack but i agree with that most of the places were given to him. but Vettel has lady luck on his side.

I feel sorry for Grosjean, he gets into crashes not always his fault and gets blamed most of the time. he is a good drive. i hope lotus give him another year.

bit gutting for hamilton. these problems are costing mclaren dearly.

alonso had a miss chance there but it wasn't his race. did every right and has been doing everything right.






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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:40 am

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I feel sorry for Grosjean, he gets into crashes not always his fault and gets blamed most of the time. he is a good drive. i hope lotus give him another year.


I agree. Grosjean looked very guilty afterwards, presumably because of his previous incidents. He did nothing wrong yesterday, though, Perez turned into the corner when Grosjean had the inside line. I’m not sure what Perez was thinking with Di Resta, either.

It was a bizarre Grand Prix, a lot of accidents and Safety Cars for a Tilke track.

Yesterday really showed the value of Safety Car periods, in my opinion. Alonso and Webber would have never raced down the pit straight, into turn 1 if the SC wasn’t deployed. From yesterday, it’s clear that Safety Car deployment is the new fashion.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:02 am

Good race in the end, much better than i expected.

I did think with ten laps to go that Vettel was going to win, in with a chance anyway.

Loved Kimi's radio responses lol.

I think what happened to Hamilton summed up his season really.

Going to be close between Alonso & Vettel but i think Vettel will just edge it.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:40 am

All I'll say is great race and finally Lotus Renault get that win as for Kimi I loved his radio back to pits, hopefully now with that win the team can push on to next season and with Kimi stopping too that'll certainly help matters too
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX - YAS MARINA CIRCUIT   Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:41 am

Team Enstone needed that victory; it’s been a very long time since Fuji of 2008. Often in the races, even without others retiring, they’ve had the fastest race pace. It’s a bit too occasional and weather-dependent, but after the disaster of last year, they’ve dramatically turned their fortunes around. If we could get Enstone and Mercedes to rival Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari; 2013 could be quite a year…

Raikkonen surely has to be on the shopping lists of McLaren, Ferrari or Red Bull. That raw, natural speed cannot be ignored. If Perez turns out to be disappointing at McLaren, who knows…

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