Vettel, Webber and Alonso prepare for a three-horse race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
After an electrifying experience in New Delhi, the Formula One paddocks travels westwards this week for the 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The round 18 of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship is expected to be every bit entertaining as the rest of the season has been. Red Bull and Ferrari are expected to have a thunderous battle at the Yas Marina Circuit this weekend.
The stunning setting and the unique twilight aura the Yas Marina Circuit emits makes the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix one of the most popular events on the Formula One calendar.
This time all eyes will be on the Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and the Red Bull team; Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.
Fernando Alonso, who lost his first-place to the defending champion Sebastian Vettel, is expected to blaze through the track on Sunday. The Spaniard is just 13 points away from the Sebastian Vettel, who will have the opportunity to grab his third consecutive Championship title at the end of the season.
Sebastian Vettel’s teammate, Mark Webber believes Red Bull will do well at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Last year Mark Webber finished fourth at the Yas Marina Circuit. Mark Webber admits he is a fan of the Yas Marina track and fully concentrated on recording success.
“I like the twilight element to the race - starting in the day and finishing at night,” Mark Webber said. “The facilities are world class. For the track itself, you need good traction - there are slow and twisty corners, as well as a good top speed. The race has a great atmosphere and it looks good on TV for the fans at home. It’s a phenomenal spectacle and I’m looking forward to racing there.”
Sebastian Vettel, who was first in Qualifying last year, but was unable to finish the race also spoke about his experiences at the Yas Marina Circuit.
“In just three years, the race has grown to be one of the highlights of the season,” Sebastian Vettel said. “Starting at dusk and finishing in the dark makes it something unique and impressive.
“I have special memories of the circuit; in 2009 I won there and then repeated the victory in 2010 to win my first world championship, so it’s an event I will never forget. The circuit itself is impressive: 5.5km long, with large run-off areas and a pit lane exit that goes through a tunnel to the other side of the track.”