F1: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview
The second instalment of back to back Grand Prix gets going this weekend with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit. This will be the fourth Abu Dhabi GP and they aren’t exactly known for producing classic races. I guess the track is most famous for 2010 when Fernando Alonso just couldn’t pass Petrov, costing him the Drivers’ Championship to Sebastian Vettel. The Yas Marina isn’t particularly a fan or driver favourite with lots of similar corners, most of which are low speed. The limited overtaking opportunities can make this a dull race but lets hope for some excitement this weekend!
The most successful driver here is Sebastian Vettel with two wins, two pole positions and one retirement due to a puncture. The other successful driver is Lewis Hamilton with one win, one second place, one pole position and a retirement, he could well push Vettel close this weekend. I guess the question now is not whether Vettel will win the race but whether anyone else will lead a lap!
The news we mentioned at the Indian GP preview regarding Nico Hulkenberg driving for Sauber in 2013 has now been confirmed despite Force India’s efforts to keep hold of the young German.
Torro Rosso has also confirmed that they will stick with the same line up for 2013 with Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo.
- Lewis Hamilton
- Sebastian Vettel
- Mark Webber
- Fernando Alonso
- Jenson Button
Sebastian Vettel will not lead every lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and will not make it five race victories in a row, you heard it here first! The Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel strategy at the moment is hugely reliant on qualifying on pole and getting out of the DRS zone at the start of the race. They have managed this perfectly in the last 3 races but I can’t see it happening again. I think Hamilton is capable of putting the McLaren on the front row at least, if not pole position, and putting the pressure on Vettel to take an early lead in the race. It is quite possible that the three major teams will be closer than we have seen in a while this weekend so fingers crossed that will translate into an exciting race for us eager fans.
Alonso will have one objective if he doesn’t have the pace to beat Vettel this weekend and that will be to not let the championship lead to extend by more than a race win. Anything could happen to Vettel or his car in the final three races and that could be all that Fernando needs to become a triple world champion.
Here are the times and channels for the action, it is live on the BBC so no excuses!
Qualifying – 13:00
BBC One – 12:10 – 14:15
Sky F1 – 12:00 – 14:45
Race – 13:00
BBC One – 12:10 – 15:30
Sky F1 – 11:00 – 16:15