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The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - did you know? 31 Oct 2013

The grid lines up for the start.
Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday, 4 November 2012 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday, 1 November 2009 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012.
Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday, 4 November 2012 Race winner Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren in parc ferme. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday, 13 November 2011 Race winner Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday, 4 November 2012 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus E20 leads Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW34.
Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday, 4 November 2012 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6 leads behind the FIA Safety Car.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 19, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday, 14 November 2010 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday, 2 November 2012 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F10.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 19, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday, 14 November 2010

Did you know that Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit features the second-highest number of turns of any track on the 2013 calendar? Or that Lewis Hamilton has led more laps there than any other driver? Ahead of the 2013 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, we present some of the more obscure facts and figures about the race…

• The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix debuted at the stunning Yas Marina Circuit in 2009. You can read all about the inaugural race - won by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel - here.

• The Yas Marina Circuit is the only venue in Formula One racing to feature a tunnel in the pit lane, as well as a hotel that straddles the track.

• With 21 corners, the Yas Marina Circuit has the second-highest number of turns of any track on the 2013 calendar. Singapore has the most - 23.

• With Vettel having sealed the 2013 drivers’ title in India, this will be the third time that Abu Dhabi has hosted a Grand Prix with the championship already decided. The others were 2009 (when Jenson Button had clinched the crown at the previous round) and 2011 (when Vettel had taken it in Japan, three races before Abu Dhabi).

• The world title has been decided in Abu Dhabi just once - at the final Grand Prix of the 2010 season - but it was very significant. Four drivers (Fernando Alonso, Vettel, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton) went into the race mathematically capable of winning the championship - that’s an F1 record.

• Three drivers have won in Abu Dhabi - Vettel (2009, 2010), Hamilton (2011) and Kimi Raikkonen (2012) - for three different manufacturers: Red Bull, McLaren and Lotus. Hamilton’s win in 2011 was McLaren’s 175th in F1 racing.

• Hamilton has led more laps in Abu Dhabi than any other driver - 86. Vettel (79), Raikkonen (36), Button (15), Alonso(3) and Webber (1) are the only other drivers to have led at Yas Marina.

• Vettel and Hamilton each have two Abu Dhabi poles to their name. The duo have scored 12 of the 16 pole positions on offer so far this season, so the chances are good that one will add to their Abu Dhabi tally again this year.

• However, the pole sitter has won only once in four previous races in Abu Dhabi - that was Vettel in 2010. On three occasions the driver on pole has retired, so perhaps it’s not the be all and end all at Yas Marina…

• The furthest back a winner has started in fourth - that was Raikkonen for Lotus last year. Statistically, the best place to start in Abu Dhabi is in second position - 50 percent of winners have started there.

• Red Bull-Renault and McLaren-Mercedes are the only team/engine combinations to have qualified on the front row in the four previous races in Abu Dhabi.

• Six of the current grid have scored podiums at Yas Marina: Vettel, Webber, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Button and Alonso.

• In India, Vettel became only the second man in Formula One history to win six consecutive races in one season (after Jim Clark and Michael Schumacher). If he wins in Abu Dhabi he will join Schumacher as the only man to win seven consecutive races in one season - a record. He would also equal his personal best of 11 wins in a season with victory on Sunday.

• Button has never finished lower than fourth in the four races he’s contested in Abu Dhabi. His best result this season? Fifth. Clearly, something’s got to give…

• After retiring in India, Webber is still waiting to surpass 1,000 points in his F1 career. The Australian is currently on 996.5 so he needs an eighth place finish or better to crack the barrier in Abu Dhabi. If he doesn’t do it there, he'll have just two more races before heading for F1 retirement…

• The lap record at Yas Marina is owned by, you guessed it, current king of statistics Sebastian Vettel - a 1m 40.279s set at the first race in 2009.

• The safety car has been deployed three times in two of the previous four races in Abu Dhabi.

• According to Mercedes, the drivers are on full throttle for 69 percent of the lap distance. The longest time at full throttle is 14.1 seconds on the long straight between Turns 7 and 8. Drivers make an average of 68 gear changes per lap, which equates to 3740 gear changes over the 55-lap race.

• Only 9 of the 22 drivers that started the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2009 will be on the grid this year.

• And finally, via Felipe Massa’s fourth place finish in India, Ferrari matched McLaren’s record of scoring points in 64 consecutive races. Alonso’s record of scoring points in every race since Malaysia was ended though. Vettel is currently the most consistent scorer, having picked up points in eight consecutive races.

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