Charles Leclerc of Ferrari made up a six-point gap in the Formula 1 driver standings last week in São Paulo and enters the season finale at Yas Marina Circuit in a tie with Red Bull’s Sergio Pérez. The position will be resolved unless neither driver finishes in the top 10 on Sunday. Qualilfying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is set for Saturday in the United Arab Emirates. The 3.281-mile circuit opened in 2009 and was modified in advance of the 2021 race. Max Verstappen, Pérez’s teammate, has won here the last two years and has already clinched his second straight F1 world championship.
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The course was shortened and five turns were eliminated in the 2021 redesign. The dominant feature of the track is a three-quarter mile straight between the fifth and sixth turns. The slow-speed corners at either end of the straightaway create a golden opportunity for overtaking maneuvers.
The run through turns 10-12 can be tricky, with drivers braking hard while still carrying a significant amount of lateral force. Verstappen established the lap record on the remodeled course last year, turning in a 1:26.103.
Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes has won a record five times at Yas Marina, most recently doubling up in 2018 and 2019. Sebastian Vettel, who is making his 300th and final F1 start on Sunday, is a three-time winner.
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