Yas Marina Circuit – tunnel section
The Yas Marina Racing Circuit is the home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and it’s the second Formula One circuit in the Middle East, the other being Bahrain Circuit. The racing circuit is situated on the Yas Island, a 30 minutes drive from the capital of United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi.
The Yas Marina Circuit is 5.554km long in length characterized by twenty one (21) twisting corners and several long straights. The circuit was designed by a German engineer and racing driver by the name Hermann Tilke. According to the FIA license system the circuit is rated grade 1. During a night race, the unique LED lighting system takes over to keep the circuit near daylight bright.
The circuit first hosted an F1 event in 2009 as the Abu Dhabi GP. In 2010, it also hosted major events like the opening Australian V8 supercar series, GP2 Asia series and the Yas V8 400. Besides hosting motorsport events, the circuit is an amusement hub which include theme parks, a water park, hotels and residential built up areas around the larger vicinity of the area.
A a lap along the race track takes one off the Marina bay and through Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi. The race track has five grand stands with a combined total capacity of 60 000 spectators. Some of its striking features is the pitlane exit that runs underneath the track and the runoff areas underneath the West grandstand.
The Abu Dhabi GP has been and continue to be in the FIA annual race events with massive support from both participating F1 teams and fans. Throughout the entire Formula One calendar, Abu Dhabi GP events usually conclude the F1 race calendar, around the months of November/December.