This weekend marks the culmination of the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship with its concluding event in Abu Dhabi. The championship title was already secured by Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing during the Qatar Grand Prix in October.
Sergio Perez, also of Red Bull, holds the second position in the championship standings, followed by Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-Benz AMG in third place. Despite clinching the title, Verstappen is expected to maintain his competitive edge, aiming to extend his record of most wins in a single season, currently at 18 victories, surpassing his own previous record of 15 from last season.
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The Yas Marina Circuit, hosting the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, is an established venue in the F1 calendar. Inaugurated in 2009 and redesigned in 2021 by Hermann Tilke, the circuit saw modifications for enhanced race dynamics, including widened turns and the removal of a chicane for a straight stretch, offering increased overtaking opportunities and higher speeds.
The track’s smooth surface presents moderate tire wear and degradation, leading Pirelli to select its three softest compounds: the C3 (white hard), the C4 (yellow medium), and the C5 (red soft) for the race.
Yas Marina Circuit: Home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Predicted weather conditions are dry and warm, with the race scheduled from twilight into the night to circumvent daytime heat, a common feature in Middle Eastern races. This timing poses unique challenges in adapting to varying ambient and track temperatures, affecting tire and vehicle performance.
Max Verstappen leads the 2023 Drivers’ Championship with an unassailable 549 points, with Sergio Perez at 273 points and Lewis Hamilton at 232 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull leads with 822 points, followed by Mercedes with 392 points and Ferrari with 388 points. Verstappen also claimed victory at last year’s Abu Dhabi race.
The event also signifies the final F1 race for Alfa Romeo, which announced its withdrawal from the sport in 2022. Represented by the Sauber team, Alfa Romeo will transition to competing under the Sauber name and later partner with Audi as its official factory team in 2026.
Additionally, McLaren has confirmed its continued use of Mercedes power units until 2030, aligning with the new regulations set for 2026.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Who won the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship?
Max Verstappen, racing for Red Bull Racing, clinched the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship title during the Qatar Grand Prix in October.
What is the significance of the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in F1?
The 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the final race of the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship, concluding the season’s racing events.
Where is the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix held?
The 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is held at the Yas Marina Circuit, a track known for its unique design and modifications for improved race dynamics.
What are the tire compounds selected by Pirelli for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix?
Pirelli has chosen its three softest compounds for the race: C3 (white hard), C4 (yellow medium), and C5 (red soft), suitable for the track’s moderate tire wear characteristics.
Who are the top three drivers in the 2023 Drivers’ Championship standings?
Max Verstappen leads the standings, followed by Sergio Perez in second place, and Lewis Hamilton in third.
What changes will occur in Formula 1 teams after the 2023 season?
Alfa Romeo will exit Formula 1, with the Sauber team competing under its own name and eventually partnering with Audi in 2026. McLaren will continue using Mercedes power units until 2030.
More about 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
- Formula 1 Official Website
- Yas Marina Circuit Official Site
- Red Bull Racing Team News
- Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team
- Pirelli Motorsport Updates
- F1 Technical Regulations and Updates
- Alfa Romeo Racing Announcement
- McLaren Racing Official Announcements