Bridgestone 5 Things You Might Not Know About The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
5 Things You Might Not Know About The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2013-10-31
5 Things You Might Not Know About The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

With Sebastian Vettel’s £21,000 title winning celebration from India still fresh in the memory, F1 swiftly heads to Abu Dhabi for round 17 of the 2013 season. Here are five things that you might not know about the race

1. Vettel’s first title

The 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was, like the last round in India, the location of the Championship decider. It was also the season finale with Fernando Alonso going into the race weekend as Championship leader. Webber was eight points behind with Vettel seven points further back.
The German hadn’t led the championship all year but did so when it counted, crossing the line to win the race and with it the title. Alonso and Webber took the chequered flag in seventh and eighth after failing to get past Vitaly Petrov. 154 weeks later and he is now a quadruple world champion. 

2. No expense spared

The Yas Marina Circuit is one of the newest and highest quality circuits in the world. It is situated on the man-made Yas Island, which also includes the world’s largest indoor amusement park and the first new hotel to be built over an F1 track: The Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel.
So it comes as no surprise that the track cost a whopping £800 million ($1.3 billion) to construct. However, the luxurious facilities make it one of the most popular destinations on the calendar. It took 14,000 builders to complete the development and 35 million man hours. 

3. Through the tunnel

We all know of the famous Monaco tunnel. Well ever since the 1988 US Grand Prix at Detroit, it has stood as the only track to feature a tunnel on the F1 calendar. That c
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