Glitz, glamour, prestige, the essence of good sporting – these are phrases that best describe Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which is one of the latest entrants into the Formula One calendar. Already it is being cited in the same class as the Monte Carlo streets of Monaco and this highlights just how magnificent this circuit has grown to be.
Moments and Things that Make Abu Dhabi GP Spectacular
However much organizers hype a particular track, the only thing fans are interested in is what happens there. Yas Marin is only 6 years old yet it has produced some unforgettable moments that make racing enthusiasts flock to this great city. Here is a look at those spectacular moments:
# Sport meets glamour:
To say that Abu Dhabi is glamorous is actually an understatement. It is one of the most popular places to visit on earth. The glamour in the sun coupled with modernistic architectural marvels makes this an ideal location to vacation and guess what, you can still have some sporting action as you savor the city.
# The exquisite Yas Marina Circuit:
Designed by one of the modern times greats, Hermann Tilke, it has drawn admiration from fans all over the globe. It is just 30 minutes from the capital and it has 21 corners making it one of the trickiest tracks on the scene. The drivers were enthusiastic about the track with Rosberg stating every corner is unique, making racing interesting.
# The first twilight race:
Abu Dhabi by night is even more fun than during the day. It is no wonder then that the race action is at night. The 5.554km circuit is flooded by special lights and as a fan you will always remember the ethereal atmosphere created by these lights and zooming cars.
# Inaugural formula one action:
They say first impressions have a lasting impact and it seems the great racing by Hamilton who later retired won the hearts of many. Sebastian Vettel of Redbull went ahead to win the inaugural race.
# The 2010 showdown of the great four:
For any Formula 1 enthusiast, Alonso, Vettel, Webber and Hamilton represent the crème of modern day racing. Well, they all had the chance to become champions in 2010. Alonso was ahead of Webber and Vettel while Lewis was further back. Alonso was to lose the race to Vettel making this one of the most memorable last day showdowns.
# The youngest champion in F1 is born in 2010:
When Sebastian Vettel won the 2010 Abu Dhabi GP, you could feel a sense of greatness in the champion. Though he was trailing Alonso by 15 points, Vettel fought hard to win at the last race to become the youngest champion in F1 history.
# Vitantonio Liuzzi perches on Schumacher’s Ferrari, 2010:
If you watched the action on the track, the images look ghastly when Liuzzi‘s Force India landed on Schumacher’s already stricken Mercedes. Luckily, there were no injuries.
# The legendary ‘Leave me alone!’ comment by Raikkonen, 2012:
When a driver is on the track all he needs is concentration, and engineers can be as pesky as mosquitoes. When Kimi told off engineers on radio that he knew what he was doing it might have seemed a bit rude but guess what? The no-nonsense driver went on to win at Abu Dhabi to record a significant first victory since returning to racing.
# Vettel and his set of smoky pirouettes, 2013:
Like him or hate him, Vettel is always full of drama. After winning at Yas Marina in 2013 he wowed fans with a jubilant display of pirouettes earning him a fine.
# Hamilton’s moments, 2011 and 2014:
If you are an avid Grand Prix fan then you remember the emotional Hamilton who was mobbed by mechanics after winning in 2011. Well, he was later to prove it was no fluke in 2014 by winning at Abu Dhabi and getting a double kiss from his mum and girlfriend.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is bound to give you memorable moments. You just have to make sure you are there to witness them.