17 November


Maranello, 17 November ĖSunday sees the sixth running of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The race has always been held over 55 laps of the 5.554 kilometre-long Yas Marina circuit. This event in the United Arab Emirates will be the first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix to have double points attributed. In fact, while itís never happened before in this category that one race is worth more than another, itís a formula in use in other forms of racing as both the Indy 500 in the USA and the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance event, count for double points. The first race in Abu Dhabi was held in 2009 and was won by Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull.

Jinxed track.
The Yas Marina track has never looked kindly on Scuderia Ferrari, which has not managed to win here, while the team also has to deal with the bitter memory of the 2010 race. That year, Ferrariís Fernando Alonso came to this the final race as leader of the classification with a lead of 8 and 15 points over Red Bullís Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel respectively. A strategic error dropped the Spaniard to the back of the pack and in the end, it was the German who took the title, beating Fernando by 4 points.

The other years.
Over the following seasons, Ferrari picked up two second places courtesy of Alonso, in 2011 behind Lewis Hamilton and in 2012 behind Kimi Raikkonen, that day marking the Finnís first win since his Formula 1 comeback.

Classy curtain-raiser.
This year, just ten days after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Yas Marina circuit provides the backdrop to the highlight of the year for fans and followers of Ferrari. From 3 to 6 December, the track hosts the Finali Mondiali, which features the Formula 1 team putting on a show, while the racing action sees the three Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli series runners (Europe, North America and Asia Pacific) in a fight for their respective championship titles as well as for the title of World Champion, open to competitors of all three series.

posted at 17:50:49 on 11/17/14 by webmaster - Category: races