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We've listened to your feedback! Significant track changes are on their way to Yas Marina Circuit this summer, promising to enhance your overall experience even more at this year's FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX. Here's a look at some of the exciting changes coming to our track.

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2021 TRACK LAYOUT

A new era begins at Yas Marina Circuit. For the action. For the fans. For the sport. Here’s a sneak peek of the changes coming to our track layout for the 2021 #AbuDhabiGP.

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In line with government directives, Yas Marina Circuit is undertaking significant precautionary measures across the venue to ensure the health and wellbeing of visitors alike.

Stay tuned to our social media channels for updates. If you have any questions and for more information, please contact our customer service on 800 927.

TURN 5 - NORTH GRANDSTAND

Situated in front of the North Grandstand, modifications start at the former Turn 7. This corner was previously approached via a slow chicane before entering a tight and slow hairpin. With the removal of the chicane the corner now becomes the Turn 5, Yas Marina Circuit's tightest and most challenging hairpin:

  • Approached by F1 cars at over 300kph on a flat out run from the downhill Turn 4
  • More side-by-side action right in front of the fans
  • Expect to see some action on the first and opening laps of the race in particular

TURN 9 - SOUTH GRANDSTAND

The most significant modification to the existing track layout is in front of the South Grandstand. Formally a sequence of slow, second or third gear, ninety-degree corners (Turns 11 to 14) at the end of the second longest straight and a DRS zone, its set to become a new signature area for Yas Marina Circuit with lots of side-by-side racing:

  • Previously a heavy braking zone, it will allow F1 cars to approach the corner at over 300km per hour and enter a fast, wide long sweeping hairpin
  • Allow drivers to battle for position side-by-side on entry and test their bravery
  • Expected to allow cars to follow closely as they exit the turn and head past Yas Marina. The current format creates a ‘concertina effect’ and causes excess tyre wear through the tricky section of corners which make up turn 11 to 14

TURN 12 TO 15 - W HOTEL SEQUENCE

The unique section of track that runs under the now iconic hotel was formerly known as Turns 17 to 20. The new track layout is set to:

  • Open up the radii of each of the corners, resulting in a faster, flowing section of track and allowing cars to be reliant on power and a smooth driving style than aerodynamics.
  • Expected to allow cars to run more closely to one another and create closer racing across the course of a lap

WHAT GOES INTO MODIFYING A TRACK?

Modifying an existing track is not as simple as just re-routing one or two corners. Changes at one corner clearly has a localized impact on safety, physical surroundings, and driver experience at that particular corner, but also have a wider impact on track sector times, speed through the preceding and subsequent corners, spectator experience, operational factors and television coverage.

In order to maximize the effect of the changes, a number of factors were taken into consideration. These included the technical changes to the 2022 Formula One cars, the need to maximize the racing spectacle for fans both on the ground and on TV and, if possible, create a signature corner for the track.

Stay tuned across our social media channels @ymcoffical for more updates on our new track!

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