GP Abu Dhabi: Pre-technical: this is Yas Marina

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Visually, Yas Marina is one of the circuits without a doubt the most eye-catching of the calendar, very consistent with the image of glamour and sophistication that Formula 1 wants to transmit. But in regard to the sporting aspect, happens to be one of the paths more uninspiring. Account with three very different sectors among themselves, the house brand of your author Hermann Tilke, but none of them has enough character to equip Abu Dhabi of sufficient relevance to sport level.

fast corners

The first sector is the one with the fastest corners which, however, are only three: the set formed by the turns 2, 3 and 4. the grip aerodynamic takes centre stage for the first and only time along the back. But before that, we have the curve of the end of the straight, angle straight conventional in that the focus is stability in braking and traction.

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Power

The second sector starts with two curves bound very slow to give way to the two great straight lines of the circuit, especially the first one. it Is in this sector that the power takes a leading role almost all, with permission of the braking and the traction demand curves that link both sections of great speed. There is more in this sector: full throttle and braking strong.

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Angles

The last sector is a succession of angles with the exception of the turns 15 and 16. It is almost exclusively of alternate braking and traction of a curve to another at medium speed, attacking pianos-very flat and almost without a break up to the time of entering again in the straight to finish the lap.

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Temperature descending

One of the greatest peculiarities of Yas Marina is the time of the qualifying and the race, which is held in conjunction with the sunset. This causes the temperature to go down gradually (the opposite of what happens in most of the Big Awards), therefore changing the behaviour of the tyres and varying levels of degradation of the same. For this reason, teams often use the second session of Friday’s free to prepare the classification and not the free 3 on Saturday, when the heat tightens and the conditions have nothing to do with what drivers and engineers will find the hour of the truth.

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The asphalt is quite smooth, but the large amount of longitudinal loads that the tires support make this a Great Prize delicate for the tires. In spite of that, Pirelli choose usually the compounds softer of the available range to try to give the drivers maximum grip possible at low and medium speed, so as to minimize to the extent possible in slippage on acceleration.

Technical and difficult to prediction at the time of setting up the single-seater, Yas Marina offers some peculiarities are very characteristic, but with a plot so lacking in personality, just diluted to to form a final result is something decaffeinated.

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circuit Data

Turns to complete: 55

Length of the path: 5,554 km

race Distance: 305,355 km

Curves: 21 (9 right and 12 left)

Distance from the exit until the first corner: 300 m

Longest straight: 1200 m

Length of the pit-lane: 360 m

downforce: Medium

brake Wear: High

tire Wear: Medium

Grip: Low

fuel Consumption: 1.8 kg per lap

gear Changes: 68 per turn

maximum Acceleration: 60% turn

Compounds: soft (yellow) and superblando (red)