The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit is the 19th and final round on the 2014 Formula One calendar.This grand prix is F1’s first double points race, with the winner receiving 50 points compared to the usual 25.
The Abu Dhabi GP will decide the world championship between Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Mercedes has already clinched the constructors’ title. Hamilton currently holds a 17-point lead over Rosberg. They are the only drivers who remain eligible for the championship.
If Hamilton finishes no worse than second, he will be guaranteed of his second world championship, even if Rosberg wins the race. Hamilton’s first title in F1 came in 2008.
This will be the sixth running of the Abu Dhabi GP at Yas Marina Circuit, which is one of the few tracks on the F1 calendar to run in an anti- clockwise direction. It’s also part of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island development, covering an area of 25-square kilometers.
The Abu Dhabi GP is the only race of the season that starts late in the afternoon and concludes at twilight. When the lights are turned on, Yas Marina becomes one of the largest lit permanent sports venues in the world.
This will be the third time Abu Dhabi hosts the season-ending race. It was also the season-finale in 2009 and ’10. Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull won the inaugural running of this event in ’09, and then followed up with another victory there one year later. Vettel’s win in Abu Dhabi four years ago allowed him to clinch his first of four consecutive F1 world championships by just four points over Fernando Alonso from Ferrari.
In 2012, Kimi Raikkonen won a F1 grand prix for the first time in three years by taking the checkered flag for the Abu Dhabi GP. Raikkonen, the 2007 F1 world champion, left Ferrari at the end of 2009 and then competed in the World Rally Championship as well as a handful of NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series races for the next two years before joining Lotus for the ’12 season. He gave Lotus its first victory in the sport since the 1987 United States Grand Prix in Detroit. Raikkonen returned to Ferrari following the conclusion of the 2013 season.
The Caterham F1 team is set to return to racing in Abu Dhabi after missing the last two grand prix (United States and Brazil) due to ongoing financial issues. Kamui Kobayashi will drive one of its cars there. Driver Marcus Ericsson recently departed the team.
The 2015 F1 world championship will begin with the March 15 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Rosberg won last year’s race there.