The 2013 Abu Dhabi GP preview: Everything you need to know about this week's race!
F1 makes its annual visit to the Yas Marina Circuit for the twilight event
By William Esler
Last Updated: 31/10/13 1:47pm
Find out everything you could ever want to know about the Abu Dhabi GP as F1 makes its annual visit to the Yas Marina Circuit for the twilight event.
Built at a cost of $1.32 billion, the Hermann Tilke-designed venue opened in October 2009, just weeks ahead of his F1 debut. A unique feature of the circuit is that the pitlane exits via a tunnel passing under turn one.
So read on below, and watch Anthony Davidson's expert track guide above, as Sky Sports Online gives you the lowdown on this weekend's event...
The 2013 Abu Dhabi GP in a nutshell
Track: Yas Marina Circuit. Permanent circuit.
Race start time: 1pm UK time Sunday (5pm local).
Track length: 5.554 km.
Tyre allocation: Soft (yellow) and medium (white).
DRS Zones: Two with separate detection points - between turns seven and eight and between turns ten and 11.
Driver steward: Martin Donnelly.
Lap record: Sebastian Vettel - 1:40.279 - (Red Bull; 2009).
2012 pole: Lewis Hamilton - 1:40.630 (McLaren).
Sky Sports F1's schedule
Tuesday 29th October
7:55pm - Classic F1 - 2009 Abu Dhabi GP.
Wednesday 30th October
7pm - F1 Midweek Report.
7:30pm - Weekend in Stills - India
8pm - Classic F1 - Abu Dhabi 2010.
Thursday 31st October
11:00am - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
7pm - Gear Up For Abu Dhabi.
8pm - Classic F1 - 2011 Abu Dhabi GP.
Friday 1st November
6:15am - GP2 Practice - Live!
9:45am - Abu Dhabi GP Practice One - Live!
12:45pm - Abu Dhabi GP Practice Two - Live!
2:55pm - GP2 Qualifying - Live!
4pm - Team Principals' Press Conference.
5pm - The F1 Show - Live!
Saturday 2nd November
6am - GP3 Qualifying - Live!
8:05am - GP2 Feature Race - Live!
9:45am - Abu Dhabi GP Practice Three - Live!
12pm - Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying - Live!
2:30pm - GP3 Race One - Live!
3:20pm - Classic F1 - Abu Dhabi 2010.
5:35pm - Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying replay.
8:20pm - Ted's Qualifying Notebook.
8:35pm - GP2 Feature Race - replay
Sunday 3rd November
8:05am - GP3 Race Two - Live!
9:10am - GP2 Sprint Race Live!
11:30am - The 2013 Abu Dhabi GP - Track Parade - Live!
12pm - The 2013 Abu Dhabi GP - Race - Live! !
3:15pm - The 2013 Abu Dhabi GP - Paddock Live!
4:30pm - Architects of F1 - Jo Ramirez.
5:30pm - GP2 Sprint Race replay.
7pm - 2013 Abu Dhabi GP highlights.
8pm - Ted's Race Notebook.
Sebastian Vettel won the first two races at the Yas Marina Circuit and was leading the third having qualified on pole when a puncture saw him spin out at turn two, allowing Lewis Hamilton to take victory. Kimi Raikkonen won last year's race, but once again it was Vettel who impressed finishing on the podium after starting in the pitlane.
2012 result: 1. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus); 2. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 3. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 4. Jenson Button (McLaren); 5. Pastor Maldonado (Williams); 6. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber); 7. Felipe Massa (Ferrari); 8. Bruno Senna (Williams); 9. Paul Di Resta (Force India); 10. Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso).
Last four winners in Abu Dhabi: 2012: Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus); 2011: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren); 2010: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2009: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull).
Pirelli will bring the white-marked medium and yellow-banded soft compounds to the Yas Marina Circuit as was the case in 2011 and 2012.
They hope these choices will mean drivers are able to generate heat in their tyres throughout the event, even when the ambient temperature drops as the race descends into darkness.
"The combination of the medium and soft tyres are best suited to the varied characteristics of the Abu Dhabi track, which being a twilight race starts in the late afternoon with falling temperatures towards the end of the grand prix," the Italian firm explained.
Sebastian Vettel was the only driver reprimanded in India - his first offence of the season. The German did doughnuts on the grid rather than returning straight to parc ferme after the race.
3 - Mark Webber, Charles Pic, Jules Bianchi.
2 - Nico Rosberg;.
1 - Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas, Max Chilton, Romain Grosjean, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Adrian Sutil, Giedo van der Garde, Sebastian Vettel.
Sky Bet odds
After six wins in succession and wrapping up the World Championship with three races remaining, Sebastian Vettel is the man Sky Bet are backing to take victory on Sunday at 2/5. Check out the full range of odds here.