Formula One heads into the final race of 2015 in Abu Dhabi. Nico Rosberg is currently on a roll with 5 consecutive pole positions and 2 race wins, can Lewis Hamilton find the edge and beat his team-mate for the final time in 2015?
Abu Dhabi first held its first race in Formula One in 2009, it was also the first day-night race in Formula One history.
The Yas Marina circuit has hosted the Championship decider twice in its history in 2010 and 2014.
Sebastian Vettel came into the final race of the season in 2010, 15 points behind Championship leader, Fernando Alonso. Vettel qualified on pole position with Alonso in 3rd and Vettel’s team-mate, Mark Webber in 5th. Vettel went on to win with Alonso and Webber pitted early and they were slower than expected which did not help them in the championship challenge. With Alonso 7th and Webber 8th, Vettel won the championship and became the youngest driver to do so.
The intense battle of 2014 closely fought between both Mercedes drivers of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg came to an end at the final race of the season. Rosberg qualified in pole position with Hamilton in 2nd. Hamilton got the better start and got ahead as they entered turn 1 with Rosberg 2nd. On lap 25, Rosberg started to lose power due to a ERS failure. Rosberg lost power in the whole car and dropped way down the field. Hamilton won the race with Rosberg down in 14th, Hamilton won the championship.
Sebastian Vettel has been the most successful driver round here with 3 wins in 2009, 2010 and 2013 and also holds the lap record, which was set in 2009 of 1:40.279. Lewis Hamilton has 2 wins in 2011 and 2014. Kimi Raikkonen is the other driver to win when he won back in 2012, his first win since he came back into Formula One at the start of the year.
Red Bull are the most successful Constructor round here with 3 wins.
Into this weekend, it will be the last race for Romain Grosjean at Lotus as he will join Haas F1 in 2016. Grosjean, joined Lotus in 2012.
Roberto Merhi is back this weekend following Alexander Rossi, who has raced in the last 3 grand prix’s is back racing in GP2 this weekend.
Qualifying is on Saturday 28th November and the Race is on Sunday 29th.