2013 FORMULA 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Yas Marina Circuit

The circuit designed by guru Hermann Tilke offers a unique driving experience for the drivers. It is designed to be an Arabian version of Monaco with the yachts being close by. With as many as 21 corners it is also one of the longest and most demanding tracks in the world. The drivers will need to find a little of everything to make the cars work here and it will be difficult to get the right blend of grip and speed.

The circuit has a few potential overtaking spots. The pit straight down to turn 1 is good for a fast car. From turns 2, 3, 4 down to 5 will be a good place as a car which has good speed out of Turn 4 could get beside a fellow driver and outbrake them. After turn 7 the longest straight on the F1 calendar is ended with a heavy braking chicane at turn 8. Finally the long curve down to turn 11 as the potential for overtaking especially for a faster car.

Another unique aspect is the tunnel at the end of the pit exit were the drivers need to keep concentration up not to get stuck or hit a wall.

Abu Dhabi, destination guide

Yas Island is perhaps one of the most spectacular Formula 1 sites in the world. With not just Formula 1 to offer why not visit the brand new Ferrari theme park were you can go in the worlds fastest roller coaster constructed to simulate the forces felt in a F1 car. An outstanding park were many fans will flock. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, is also a bustling metropolis with many a wonderful sights and activities. It is the richest city in the world and it really shows.

Fly here with Etihad Airways and experience a country were the sun always shines. Indeed, the Arabian peninsula is the warmest spot on earth and heat seeking Europeans will find this another reason to go to the Emirates. With miles of sunny beaches and blue water from the Persian Gulf it can be very comforting too.

There is an eclectic mix of international cuisine to suit all budgets, starting at the Emirates Palace, for a time the world's most expensive hotel, down to the cafe culture that prevails throughout the Middle East. For traditional Abu Dhabi cuisine, head to the area surrounding the fish market in Abu Dhabi city. There are plenty of other tourist attractions. If you want local culture, why not head to the camel market in Al Ain or the Abu Dhabi falcon hospital. In 2012 the Louvre will open a brand new museum so then there will be another reason to visit.

All the best hotel chains are in Abu Dhabi and many of them on Yas Island, so you can expect to be looked after wherever you go. Most of the F1 luminaries, will stay in the 5 star Yas Marina Hotel, which is just a short walk from the F1 paddock. But for those looking for more modest surroundings, there are cheaper options available in Abu Dhabi city.

Published 2013-04-16 by Kris Locksey | Edit