Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
The final race of the Formula 1 season will once again take place in the desert of Abu Dhabi. The Yas Marina Circuit was the battleground for the drivers' championship decider in 2021. Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton went to Abu Dhabi with exactly the same number of points, and as icing on the cake, the championship was decided on the very last lap. The fireworks were there for the Dutchman: Max Verstappen became World Champion!
However, the race was mainly dominated by the fight for second place. Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc were on the same number of points prior to the weekend. The Monegasque stayed just ahead of his rival in the race, finishing behind Verstappen. Furthermore, Sebastian Vettel received a lot of attention for his last Formula 1 race of his career. The German showed one more time what a great man he is in the motorsport class.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2023
More than fifty laps lasting 5.5 kilometres each: Under a setting sun, 20 drivers provide an extremely long, sensational race on the technical circuit. Hermann Tilke designed the track, so it will come as no surprise to anyone that this circuit also has the necessary long, straight sections. Not on the start/finish for a change as that section is too short for a decent DRS zone.
Instead, the 20 cars rumble at top speed into turn eight and just after that into turn eleven. If you have just overtaken someone on the first DRS part, the driver who overtook you will then unfold his rear wing behind you. Duels will therefore also be fought in this last GP on the Formula 1 calendar.
What does the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race weekend look like?
On November 24, the drivers will take their seats in their cars for the free practice sessions. FP1 is on the program at 09:30 am UK time. At 13:00 the second practice session will be held. Qualifying starts on Saturday, November 25 at 2:00 PM, followed by the race on Sunday, November 26.
What time does the United Arab Emirates Grand Prix start?
As in previous years, the Abu Dhabi GP can be followed live on the GPblog.com live blog from one hour before the start of the race. The start time of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is 13:00 UK time and the race can also be followed live on Sky Sports and F1TV from that time.