Abu Dhabi GP Fast Facts
ng in pole position atYas Marina has been a poisonedchalice. The driver in P1 hasfailed to finish three out of the four Abu Dhabi Grands Prix. In theinaugural race, Lewis Hamiltonretired with a brake problem, andagain in 2012 after losing fuelpressure. He went further thanSebastian Vettel who led awayfrom pole in 2011 only to suffer afirst corner puncture.
► Kimi Räikkönen’s victory fromfourth at last year’s Abu Dhabi
Grand Prix is the only occasionon which the race has been wonfrom behind the front row. Vettelwon from second place in 2009and from pole in 2010. Hamiltonwon from second in 2011.
► Räikkönen’s victory was the
first of his return to F1 after a two-year sabbatical. It was the 19thF1 win of his career and the firstvictory for the Enstone-based
team since Fernando Alonso’s
win at Fuji in the 2008 JapaneseGrand Prix. It was also the firstvictory for the Lotus name since Ayrton Senna triumphed in 1987on the streets of Detroit.
► Räikkönen’s previous grand
prix victory came on 30th August2009 at the Belgian Grand Prix,making his interval between
victories 1163 days. That’s less
than half the interval of record-holder Riccardo Patrese who went2403 days between wins at the1983 South African Grand Prixand 1990 San Marino Grand Prix.
► When he collects the Drivers’
Championship Trophy at the FIAGala Prize-Giving in December,Sebastian Vettel will draw levelwith Alain Prost as a four-timesWorld Champion. He now hasonly Juan Manuel Fangio (five)and Michael Schumacher (seven)in front of him. Like Fangio andSchumacher he will have thedistinction of four consecutivechampionships
though neither of the latter pair managed the featwith their first four titles.
► By virtue of a fourth place for
Jenson Button, McLaren set anew record for consecutive races
in the points at last year’s Abu
Dhabi Grand Prix. It was their 56th consecutive score, beatingthe record previously set byFerrari. The run, which started atthe 2010 Australian Grand Prix,eventually extended to 64 races,halting when Sergio Pérez andJenson Button finished 11th and12th at the 2013 Canadian GrandPrix. Ferrari can take the recordback this weekend: they pulledlevel in India thanks to Felipe
Massa’s fourth place, having
started their latest run at the 2010German Grand Prix.
► Last year McLaren, Lotus, Red
Bull, Toro Rosso, Sauber andCaterham stayed in Abu Dhabiafter the Grand Prix to conduct
the Young Drivers’ test. From the
14 drivers that took part, EstebanGutiérrez and Giedo van der Garde advanced to F1 race seatsfor 2013. Marussia race driver Max Chilton also made his debutin Abu Dhabi
though heappeared in the first free practicesession of the race weekendrather than the test (in which the Anglo-Russian team were notparticipating).