298 days would have passed since the first day of pre-season testing come Sunday when lights go out on the final race of 2020 Formula One season, as we preview the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Sakhir proved a classic but there are still championship issues that need resolving, starting with second-place because Max Verstappen needs to outscore Valtteri Bottas if he is to snatch the Vice-Champion position away from the Finnish driver.
Racing Point, McLaren and Renault meanwhile are split by 22 points in the battle to become the third best constructor with a maximum of 44 points on offer, meaning that Racing Point need to outscore McLaren and Renault by various margins to secure third with the maths too close to call given how crazy this season has been.
Now here is full details on everything that you need to know ahead of the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as a thrilling F1 season draws to its close.
Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit
Race Distance: 305.355km
Tyre Compounds: C3, C4 & C5
|Friday 11 December||FP1||9:00am|
|Friday 11 December||FP2||1:00pm|
|Saturday 12 December||FP3||10:00am|
|Saturday 12 December||Qualifying||1:00pm|
|Sunday 13 December||Race||1:10pm|
Three Key Pointers
- With sector two mainly compromising of two straights, expect to see Mercedes and Racing Point to be quick throughout that sector although getting traction through slow corners will be crucial to extracting maximum speed.
- Last year’s race saw a mixture of one and two pit stop strategies and with this track traditionally not being tough on tyres, the big winners of this race could well be those who are able to extract the best from their tyres across an one-stop strategy.
- With no support races alongside F1 at this event for the first time since 2012, track evolution will be interesting because there will be a lot less rubber laid down ahead of each F1 session.
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