Circuit Yas-Island
Yas Marina Circuit
Location Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Active from October 2009 - present
Major events FIA Formula One
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
GP2 Asia Series, V8 Supercars, Drag Racing, GT1 World
Surface N/A
Length 3.451 mi (5.554 km)
Turns 21
Lap record 1:40.279 (25px Germany Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, 2009, class)

The Yas Marina Circuit is the venue for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke,[1][2] and is situated on Yas Island, about 30 minutes from the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi. Yas Marina is the second Formula One track in the Middle East, with the first being in Bahrain. A two day GP2 Asia Series test was held to officially open the circuit, which was held a week before the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.[3] It will also host the opening event for the Australian V8 Supercars series, the Yas V8 400, in February 2010.[4][5]


Designed as an Arabian version of Monaco,[1] the twenty-one corners twists through the man made island off the Abu Dhabi coast,[6] passing by the marina and through the Yas Marina Hotel designed and conceived of by New York based architects Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture, Asymptote Architecture, and winding its way through sand dunes, with several long straights and tight corners.

The marina-based development includes a theme park, a water park, as well as residential areas, hotels and beaches.

The circuit has four grandstand areas (Main Grandstand, West Grandstand, North Grandstand and South Grandstand) and part of its pit lane exit runs underneath the track. It also houses a team building behind the pit building, Media Center, Dragster Track, VIP Tower and Ferrari World Theme Park.[7] Additionally, one of the gravel traps runs underneath the West grandstand.

The circuit has a few potential overtaking spots. The pit straight down to turn 1 is good for a KERS car. From turns 2, 3, 4 down to 5 will be a good place as a car which has good speed out of Turn 4 could get beside a fellow driver and outbrake them. After turn 7 the longest straight on the Formula One calendar is ended with a heavy braking chicane at turn 8. Finally the long curve down to turn 11 as the potential for overtaking especially for a KERS car.

The pit exit of circuit runs under the actual track through a tunnel. Also, part of the track runs through one of the on site hotels.

  • Seating Capacity - 41,093
  • Area - 161.9 ha
  • Length - 5.5 km


The circuit was built by main contractor Cebarco-WCT WLL, under contract from developer Aldar Properties. Among the sub-contractors involved were KOH AH HING from Malaysia(Structural contractor), as well as specialised subcontractors; Voltas(MEP), PKE-Siemens(MEP), Able-Middle East(Earthworks), Hamilton International(Interior), Bau Bickhardt(Track) and Unger Steel(Steel structure).

The circuit was constructed with a permanent lighting system provided by Musco Lighting, similar to that also installed at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. Yas Marina Circuit is the largest permanent sports venue lighting project in the world, previously that title was held by Losail.

The surface of the track is made of Graywacke aggregate, shipped to Abu Dhabi from Bayston Hill quarry in Shropshire, England. The surface material is highly acclaimed by circuit bosses and Formula 1 drivers for the high level of grip it offers. The same aggregate material is used at the Bahrain International Circuit for the Bahrain Grand Prix[8].

On 7 October 2009, the circuit was granted final approval to hold Formula One races by the FIA.[9] Bruno Senna was the first driver to complete a test run on the circuit.


After the first practice sessions at the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the circuit was welcomed by the drivers, with Nico Rosberg commenting that every corner was 'unique',[10] while double World Champion Fernando Alonso echoed his sentiments, stating that it was enjoyable because there was always something to do. Force India's Adrian Sutil rated the circuit as being better than Formula One's other night race in Singapore as he felt there was too much light at Marina Bay.

Not all of the drivers were complimentary, with Giancarlo Fisichella expressing a particular dislike of the pit exit, which dips under the main circuit by way of a tunnel. Although the pit exit remained free of incidents for the early practice sessions, Fisichella claimed that it was both very difficult and dangerous.[10]

See also[]

Formula One circuits

Current circuits
(2012 season)

BahrainMelbourneSepangShanghaiBarcelona (Catalunya)Monte CarloMontrealValenciaSilverstoneHockenheimHungaroringSpaMonzaMarina BaySuzukaYeongamNew DelhiInterlagosAustinYas Marina

Former Circuits: A1-Ring (Österreichring)AdelaideAidaAin-DiabAintreeAnderstorpAVUSBrands HatchBremgartenBuenos AiresCaesars PalaceClermont-FerrandDallasDetroitDijonDonington ParkEast LondonEstorilFujiImolaIndianapolisJacarepaguáJaramaIstanbulJerezKyalamiLe MansLong BeachMagny-CoursMexico CityMonsantoMontjuïcMont-TremblantMosport ParkNivelles-BaulersNürburgringOportoPaul RicardPedralbesPescaraPhoenixReimsRiversideRouenSebringWatkins GlenZandvoortZeltwegZolder

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External links[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Tilke GmbH - Projects - Category". 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  2. "Yas Marina Circuit construction progressing". 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  3. "GP2 race will officially open Yas Marina Circuit". Gulf News (Al Nisr Publishing). 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  4. "Motorsport: Middle Eastern double-header for V8 Supercars". 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  5. "Abu Dhabi start confirmed". 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  6. "Motorsport: Abu Dhabi debut marks F1 driver shake-up". 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2009-10-30. [dead link]
  7. "Abu Dhabi breaks cover". Autosport 194 (4): 10. October 2008. 
  8. "BBC: Shropshire's Formula 1 Connection". British Broadcasting Corporation. 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  9. Noble, Jonathan (2009-10-09). "Abu Dhabi track gets final FIA approval". Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Drivers praise Abu Dhabi circuit". 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2009-10-31.