In what is the last race of the 2018 Formula One season the Williams Martini team moves to the Yas Marina circuit for the 2018 Abu Dhabi GP. For the Williams Martini team it makes the last race running with Martini sponsorship and also the last race for Lance Stroll with the Williams team. With the teams second 2019 driver yet to be announced it could also be the last race for Sergey Sirotkin. But both drivers are still looking forward to making this race a memorable one and come away with a better result than of late. It also marks the last race for Rob Smedley with the Williams team as he is also leaving the team.
We’re headed to the United
Arab Emirates for the final round of the 2018 Formula One World
Championship in Abu Dhabi. The Yas Marina Circuit provides a spectacular
backdrop for the season finale and the race is a firm favourite amongst
both fans and photographers alike. Dominated by a 1,233 metre straight,
the track is one of the longest on the Formula One calendar and houses
such intrigues as the architecturally striking Yas Viceroy hotel which
straddles the circuit. Reserve and Development Driver, Robert Kubica
will make his final FP1 outing of the season in Abu Dhabi. The drivers
race into the night and will see the chequered flag after the sun has
set in Abu Dhabi, bringing the curtain down on the weekend and the 2018
We head to Abu Dhabi this weekend for the final race of what has been a
challenging year for the team. Abu Dhabi itself is a fantastic location
for Formula One with a great party atmosphere in and around the paddock
to end a long season. The Yas Marina Circuit is also impressive and with
both qualifying and the race happening at twilight it has an extra
special feel. The circuit rewards all-round car performance and has a
number of signature features including a pitlane that emerges from under
the track. It is a fitting place for the championship’s curtain closer
and we look forward to putting on a good show for one final time this
I have very good memories of Abu Dhabi, as it was my debut test with
Williams last year. The track is challenging and requires good tyre
management throughout the lap with a very demanding sector three. The lap
has a combination of mid and low-speed corners, with not so many high-speed
corners, which is a shame for me. Sector three is difficult and is trickier
than it looks. Overall, I am really looking forward to returning to Abu
Dhabi, it is a great race for the season to end with.
I think it is a good race to end the season, as we drive into the night,
which is cool. It is quite spectacular what they have done with the place,
and it is certainly unique. The circuit itself wouldn’t be my favourite as
it is very stop and go and doesn’t have a great flow to it, but, despite
that, the show is good for the fans. From a driver’s point of view, driving
at day or night doesn’t make any difference as for us it is just pedal to
Race Data Friday:
Practice 1: 13:00 - 14:30
Practice 2: 17:00 - 18:30 Saturday:
Practice 3: 14:00 - 15:00
Qualifying: 17:00 – 18:00 Sunday: Race: 17:10
Abu Dhabi GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview
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Date: 20/11/2018 10:00
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