Rewind to 2012, and the Abu Dhabi GP was probably the best race of the year. It had it all the ingredients of an action packed Formula One race – penalties, collisions, opportunistic overtaking moves, Safety Cars and an emphatic podium finish by Sebastian Vettel after starting the race from pit-lane and the famous radio message from Kimi Raikkonen made it one of the most memorable races in recent times.
Fast-forward to 2013 and Abu Dhabi promises to host another battle among roaring Formula One cars in the sands of the Middle-East. Even though both titles are in the bag for Red-Bull, there’s plenty of action left for second,third and fourth places with only three races remaining in the season.
Here are the five things that you need to know about the Abu Dhabi GP.
The spectacular venue
The Grand Prix is host to Formula One at the spectacular Yas Marina Circuit that made it’s way to the Formula One calendar in 2009 for the first time. It is the first and only twilight race of the season race that begins in daylight and ends just after sunset under artificial lighting.
One of the five anti-clockwise circuits in the season, the circuit is build on the man-made Yas Island, and has the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel, a first of a kind hotel to be built over an F1 track. The track is built at a mind-boggling cost of more than £800 million ($1.3 billion).
The track also has a unique pit lane exit passing through a tunnel under the first corner.