23 November

Preview – 2015 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

19th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 27th to 29th November 2015

Hinwil, 23rd November 2015 – The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the final race of the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship, which will take place on the Yas Marina Circuit. This track, surrounded by the desert sands, is quite spectacular in a unique setting with a stunning hotel that overlooks the track. After the Grands Prix in Bahrain and Singapore, it will be the third race of this season to be held under floodlights – the start is at dusk, the finish at night.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“Abu Dhabi, the last race of the season – it is unbelievable how time flies. It is very exciting to come back to Abu Dhabi, and I am looking forward to enjoying the race weekend there. This Grand Prix in the middle east is always a great event attended by lots of fans from many countries. It is a race in the desert with the start at sunset. The track itself is in perfect condition, it is very modern and has some run-off areas. As the circuit has a few long straights, engine power will be crucial. On the other hand, there are also hairpins and some slow speed corners. I am quite familiar with that track from my time in the GP2 series, and I also drove there for my first test for the Sauber F1 Team in November last year. Certainly, we will again do our best to score points – for a successful completion to the season."

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
“The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is another great event, and I will enjoy driving on this track with our car for the first time. So far, I have driven there as a GP2 driver and I have also had an F1 test with Williams. I can also say, because of my family’s Lebanese roots, I always receive a warm welcome and a lot of support both in the UAE and the whole of the Middle East. They make me feel I am also at home. I like the people, their traditions, their cultures and, of course, the food. On the track it will be important again to find the right set-up, and this is where we need to concentrate our focus the most on Friday. The track in the desert sands is quite spectacular with unique surroundings. All in all, the atmosphere is special. The race starts late in the afternoon, which makes it even more interesting, because of the floodlit-style à la Singapore. We will keep on with our fight for a good result.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“After coming back empty-handed from South America, the whole team looks forward to fighting hard for more points and so to close this long season on a high at Abu Dhabi. The race start at sunset and finish in the dark means the temperatures will go in the opposite direction to what we usually experience, so the drivers and engineers will have to account for this, especially in the practice sessions happening earlier in the day in much hotter conditions. The focus will be on braking performance, as well as traction optimisation. The car will need to be reactive and precise for the final sector and, at the same time, fast on the straights that dominate the earlier part of the lap. Lastly, trading off tyre performance against durability will be a challenge in the race, as Pirelli has confirmed last year’s choice of soft and supersoft compounds.”

Yas Marina Circuit / 5.554 km

Race distance
55 laps / 305.355 km

Qualifying 17:00 hrs local time (14:00 CET), Race 17:00 hrs local time (14:00 hrs CET)

posted at 13:31:39 on 11/23/15 by webmaster - Category: races