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Spotlight: Lewis Hamilton’s first F1 victory – ten years on

Ten years ago, on the 10th June 2007, Lewis Hamilton took his first ever Formula One victory.

The 22 year old McLaren driver had already made quite the impact on the F1 world before arriving in Canada. He was tied at the top of the championship on points with team-mate Fernando Alonso. In 2007 points were awarded for positions one to eight, with ten for the winner, and both McLaren drivers were sitting on 38 after five rounds.

Five podiums from five starts had demonstrated Hamilton’s immense rookie talent but he had not as yet stood on the top step of the podium. He had finished second to Alonso’s first twice – including at the Monaco Grand Prix where the pair dominated the field and lapped everyone bar Felipe Massa in third. Everything was about to change in Canada, however, and the tilt shifted in Hamilton’s favour.

It was Alonso who topped the first two practice sessions before Hamilton took charge in FP3. He was three tenths faster than Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen before they headed into qualifying. It proved to be a McLaren front row lock out – the second race in a row – but, for only the second time that season, it was Hamilton in front of Alonso and by nearly five tenths of a second. All eyes were on Hamilton after securing his first F1 pole position – would he be able to convert it into a victory?

In a race which saw four safety car periods – including for Robert Kubica’s big accident – Hamilton kept his cool and went on to win, beating BMW’s Nick Heidfeld by just over four seconds. Alexander Wurz finished the race in third place. Hamilton was in control through the whole race not letting any of the safety car periods phase him. It turned out that Hamilton did not have to wait long for his second victory which came just a week later at the US GP at Indianapolis.

Since the Canadian Grand Prix, Hamilton has won 55 Grand Prix putting him second on the all time list. He has taken at least one victory in every season since 2007 – the fewest being two in one season (2009) and the most being 11 in 2014.  He won 21 races with McLaren and has so far won 34 for Mercedes.

This weekend will see him go for a sixth victory at the Canadian Grand Prix. Following his debut win in 2007 he also won there in 2010, 2012, 2015, and 2016.

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2017: Barcelona Pre-Season Test (1) Laps & Times

Times

Day 1

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:21.765
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:21.878 – +0.113
  3. Felipe Massa – Williams- 1:22.076 – +0.311
  4. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:22.894 – +1.129
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:22.926 – +1.161
  6. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:23.169 – +1.404
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:23.709 – +1.944
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:24.494 – +2.729
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:24.784 – +3.019
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:24.852 – +3.087
  11. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:26.841 – +5.076

Day 2

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:20.960
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:20.983 – +0.023
  3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:22.200 – +1.240
  4. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:22.204 – +1.244
  5. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 1:22.509 – +1.549
  6. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:22.956 – +1.996
  7. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:22.986 – +2.026
  8. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:24.139 – +3.179
  9. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 1:24.617 – +3.657
  10. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:25.600 – +4.640
  11. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:26.040 – +5.080

Day 3

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:19.705
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:19.952 – +0.247
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:21.153 – +1.448
  4. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:21.396 – +1.691
  5. Nico Hulkenberg  – Renault – 1:21.791 – +2.086
  6. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:21.824 – +2.119
  7. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:22.090 – +2.385
  8. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:22.118 – +2.413
  9. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:22.351 – +2.646
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:22.598 – +2.893
  11. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:23.540 – +3.835
  12. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 1:23.568 – +3.863
  13. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:23.952 – +4.247

Day 4

  1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:20.872
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:21.769 – +0.897
  3. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:21.778 – +0.906
  4. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:22.309 – +1.437
  5. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 1:22.401 – +1.529
  6. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:22.534 – +1.662
  7. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:22.576 – +1.704
  8. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:23.443 – +2.571
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:24.974 – +4.102
  10. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – No Time Set

Best lap by driver

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 1:19.705 (Day 3)
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:19.952 (Day 3)
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:20.872 (Day 4)
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:20.983 (Day 2)
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:21.153 (Day 3)
  6. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:21.396 (Day 3)
  7. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:21.769 (Day 4)
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:21.791 (Day 3)
  9. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber  – 1:21.824 (Day 3)
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:22.076 (Day 1)
  11. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:22.118 (Day 3)
  12. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:22.204 (Day 2)
  13. Lance Stroll – Williams – 1:22.351 (Day 3)
  14. Antonio Giovanazzi – Sauber – 1:22.401 (Day 4)
  15. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 1:22.509 (Day 2)
  16. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:22.534 (Day 4)
  17. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 1:22.576 (Day 4)
  18. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:22.598 (Day 3)
  19. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:22.956 (Day 2)
  20. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:23.540 (Day 3)
  21. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 1:23.568 (Day 3)

Best lap by team

  1. Mercedes – 1:19.705 (Day 3)
  2. Ferrari – 1:19.952 (Day 3)
  3. Red Bull – 1:21.153 (Day 3)
  4. Renault – 1:21.396 (Day 3)
  5. Sauber – 1:21.824 (Day 3)
  6. Williams – 1:22.076 (Day 1)
  7. Haas – 1:22.118 (Day 3)
  8. Force India – 1:22.509 (Day 2)
  9. McLaren – 1:22.576 (Day 4)
  10. Toro Rosso – 1:22.956 (Day 2)

Laps

Day 1

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 128
  2. Felipe Massa – Williams – 103
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 79
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 73
  5. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 72
  6. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 57
  7. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 51
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 51
  9. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 50
  10. Sergio Perez – Force India – 39
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 29

Total: 732

Day 2

  1. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 118
  2. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 108
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 102
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 89
  5. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 86
  6. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 68
  7. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 67
  8. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 66
  9. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 53
  10. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 40
  11. Lance Stroll – Williams – 12

Total: 809

Day 3

  1. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 139
  2. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 126
  3. Lance Stroll – Williams – 98
  4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 95
  5. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 75
  6. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 72
  7. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 71
  8. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 70
  9. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 56
  10. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 42
  11. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 32
  12. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 31

Total: 907

Day 4

  1. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 118
  2. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 93
  3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 85
  4. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 84
  5. Sergio Perez – Force India – 82
  6. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 68
  7. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 67
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 51
  9. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 39
  10. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1

Total: 688

Most laps by driver

  1. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes – 324
  2. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 267
  3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes- 234
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 201
  5. Marcus Ericcson – Sauber – 198
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 174
  7. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 174
  8. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 169
  9. Antonio Giovinazzi – Sauber – 151
  10. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 150
  11. Sergio Perez – Force India – 121
  12. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 120
  13. Lance Stroll – Williams – 110
  14. Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren – 107
  15. Felipe Massa – Williams – 103
  16. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 101
  17. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 100
  18. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 92
  19. Esteban Ocon – Force India – 86
  20. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 83
  21. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 71

Most laps by team

  1. Mercedes – 558
  2. Ferrari – 468
  3. Sauber – 349
  4. Haas – 343
  5. Red Bull – 294
  6. Force India – 278
  7. Renault – 242
  8. Williams – 213
  9. McLaren – 208
  10. Toro Rosso – 183

Stat Round-Up

  • Fastest lap: 1:19.705 – Valtteri Bottas Day 3
  • Most laps in a day: 139 – Sebastian Vettel Day 3
  • Fewest laps in a day: 1 – Daniil Kvyat Day 4
  • Most days in car: 4 Valtteri Bottas
  • Fewest days in car: 1 Alfonso Celis (Force India), Felipe Massa (Williams)
  • Most laps in a day overall: 907 Day 3
  • Fewest laps in a day overall: 688 Day 4
  • Laps completed overall: 3136

Lewis Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi GP as Nico Rosberg becomes World Champion

Lewis Hamilton has won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but it was not enough to prevent Nico Rosberg becoming world champion.

Rosberg held off a late charge from Sebastian Vettel – who finished third – to become 2016 world champion. Hamilton backed his team-mate into the chasing pack, despite numerous calls from the pit wall to pick up his pace, but Rosberg was able to remain in second place. He crossed the line just four tenths off his team-mate with Vettel just four tenths further back on him.

Max Verstappen recovered from a lap one spin to make a different strategy work to finish in fourth, ahead of his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. Kimi Raikkonen was a distant sixth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez. Felipe Massa ended his F1 career with two points ahead of Fernando Alonso who finished in tenth.

Romain Grosjean finished in 11th place ahead of team-mate Esteban Gutierrez, Esteban Ocon, and Pascal Wehrlein. Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr and a penalised Jolyon Palmer were the remaining finishers. Palmer was given a five second time penalty for crashing into Carlos Sainz and ending his race.

Joining Sainz on the sidelines were team-mate Daniil Kvyat, Valtteri Bottas, and Kevin Magnussen. Jenson Button suffered disappointment on his last Grand Prix appearance when his front suspension broke, bringing a premature end to his race.

At the front, defiant Hamilton backed his team-mate into the chasing pack but Rosberg withstood the pressure and finished where he needed to to become world champion. It is 34 years since his father Keke Rosberg won the world championship and they become one of only two father-son world champions. The other father-son world champions are of course Graham and Damon Hill.

 

F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP – Qualifying Times & Laps

Qualifying

Times

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:38.755
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:39.058
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:39.589
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:39.604
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:39.661
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:39.818
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:40.501
  8. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:40.519
  9. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:41.106
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:41.213
  11. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:41.084
  12. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:41.272
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:41.480
  14. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:41.564
  15. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:41.564
  16. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:41.995
  17. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:42.003
  18. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:42.142
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:42.247
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:42.286
  21. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:42.393
  22. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:42.637

Laps

  1. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 17
  2. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 17
  3. Felipe Massa – Williams – 15
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 14
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 14
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 13
  7. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 12
  8. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 12
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 12
  10. Sergio Perez – Force India – 12
  11. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 16
  12. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 15
  13. Jenson Button – McLaren – 14
  14. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 14
  15. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 14
  16. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 9
  17. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 9
  18. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 9
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 8
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 8
  21. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 8
  22. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 6

 

F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP – FP2 Times & Laps

Free Practice 2

Times

Drivers

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:40.861
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:40.940 – +0.079
  3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:41.130 – +0.269
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:41.389 – +0.528
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:41.390 – +0.529
  6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:41.464 – +0.603
  7. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:41.959 – +1.098
  8. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:42.041 – +1.180
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:42.264 – +1.403
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:42.268 – +1.407
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:42.366 – +1.505
  12. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:42.823 – +1.962
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:43.012 – +2.151
  14. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:43.108 – +2.247
  15. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:43.272 – +2.411
  16. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:43.600 – +2.739
  17. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:43.754 – +2.893
  18. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:43.903 – +3.042
  19. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:44.045 – +3.184
  20. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:44.117 – +3.256
  21. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:44.478 – +3.617
  22. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:34.948 – +5.087

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:40.861
  2. Ferrari – 1:41.130 – +0.269
  3. Red Bull – 1:41.389 – +0.528
  4. Williams – 1:41.959 – +1.098
  5. Force India – 1:42.041 – +1.180
  6. McLaren – 1:42.366 – +1.505
  7. Haas – 1:43.012 – +2.151
  8. Renault – 1:43.272 – +2.411
  9. Manor – 1:43.600 – +2.739
  10. Sauber – 1:43.903 – +3.042
  11. Toro Rosso – 1:44.478 – +3.617

Laps

Drivers

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 38
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 36
  3. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 36
  4. Felipe Massa – Williams – 36
  5. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 36
  6. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 35
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 35
  8. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 35
  9. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 35
  10. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 34
  11. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 34
  12. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 33
  13. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 33
  14. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 33
  15. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 33
  16. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 31
  17. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 25
  18. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 24
  19. Jenson Button – McLaren – 24
  20. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 17
  21. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 5
  22. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 4

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 74
  2. Force India – 71
  3. Williams – 71
  4. Sauber – 70
  5. Manor – 68
  6. Ferrari – 65
  7. Renault – 58
  8. Red Bull – 57
  9. Haas – 52
  10. McLaren – 47
  11. Toro Rosso – 9

F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP – FP1 Times & Laps

Free Practice 1

Times

Drivers

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:42.869
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:43.243 – +0.374
  3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:43.297 – +0.428
  4. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:43.362 – +0.493
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:44.005 – +1.136
  6. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:44.155 – +1.286
  7. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:44.556 – +1.687
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:44.685 – +1.816
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:43.039 – +2.170
  10. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:45.168 – +2.299
  11. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 1:45.476 – +2.607
  12. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:45.600 – +2.731
  13. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:45.778 – +2.909
  14. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:45.925 – +3.056
  15. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:45.940 – +3.071
  16. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:46.219 – +3.350
  17. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:46.372 – +3.503
  18. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:46.379 – +3.510
  19. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:46.458 – +3.589
  20. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:47.127 – +4.258
  21. Jordan King – Manor – 1:47.558 – +4.689
  22. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 2:01.989 – +19.120

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:42.869
  2. Red Bull – 1:43.297 – +0.428
  3. Ferrari – 1:44.005 – +1.136
  4. Force India – 1:44.155 – +1.286
  5. Toro Rosso – 1:44.685 – +1.816
  6. Williams – 1:43.039 – +2.170
  7. Sauber – 1:45.168 – +2.299
  8. Haas – 1:45.600 – +2.731
  9. Renault – 1:46.219 – +3.350
  10. McLaren – 1:46.379 – +3.510
  11. Manor – 1:46.458 – +3.589

Laps

Drivers

  1. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 33
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 31
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 31
  4. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 29
  5. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 28
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 27
  7. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 27
  8. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 27
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 27
  10. Jordan King – Manor – 27
  11. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 26
  12. Alfonso Celis – Force India -26
  13. Sergio Perez – Force India – 23
  14. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 21
  15. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 21
  16. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 21
  17. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 20
  18. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 20
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 17
  20. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 13
  21. Jenson Button – McLaren – 10
  22. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso -4

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 59
  2. Williams – 58
  3. Manor – 56
  4. Renault – 54
  5. Ferrari – 54
  6. Red Bull – 53
  7. Force India – 49
  8. Sauber – 37
  9. Haas – 33
  10. McLaren – 31
  11. Toro Rosso – 25

F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP Preview

After 20 races, the championship will be decided at the final round in Abu Dhabi. The race at the Yas Marina Circuit will see Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg go head-to-head for the 2016 title.

Rosberg is the driver with the advantage holding a 12 point lead over team-mate Hamilton. This means that reigning champion Hamilton must finish in the top three to win the championship, but even at that it will still be in Rosberg’s hands. If Hamilton wins the race Rosberg must be third to be champion. If Hamilton is second then Rosberg can finish any position down to 6th and if Hamilton is third then Rosberg can finish no lower than eighth.

Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit
Number of Laps: 55
Circuit Length: 5.554km
Number of Corners: 21
Lap Record: 1:40.279 Sebastian Vettel (2009)
Previous Brazil winners still on the grid: 4
Most Successful Team: Red Bull (3)
DRS Zones: 2
Pirelli Tyres: Soft, Supersoft, and Ultrasoft

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a day to night race which starts at twilight and ends under the lights. It is a circuit which features a mix of long straights, heavy braking zones, and fast and slow corners. The three sectors are very distinct and overtaking is possible. There are two DRS zones and grip levels are medium. Track temperatures drop during the race due to conditions going from day to night.

Rosberg won the race in 2015 but suffered heartbreak in 2014 when his car suffered mechanical issues when he was fighting for the championship. Hamilton has won the race in 2011 and 2014, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen winning the four other runnings of the Abu Dhabi GP.

This weekend will also mark the end of Felipe Massa’s F1 career as he retires. Jenson Button had been set to take a sabbatical, with a possible return to race in 2018, however he has recently said he is treating this weekend like his last Grand Prix. Between them they have entered 558 Grand Prix – Button is the third most experienced F1 driver of all time. They will both be missed in the F1 paddock and will be hoping for a good race to sign off their careers.