At last the season ends and everything is still to play for, thankfully without any absurd double points.
The Abu Dhabi GP is one of few races where there have been more wins from second on the grid than there is from pole. Only two times (28.57%) the race at Yas Marina has been won from pole position but four (57.14%) from second. The race this weekend will mark the eighth Abu Dhabi GP, all of which have been held at the 5.554km long Yas Marina Circuit. The race will have 55 laps and give a total distance of 305.470km making it the fourth shortest race in 2016, Monaco, China and Canada being shorter.
Currently only four drivers have won in Abu Dhabi; Sebastian Vettel has three wins, Lewis Hamilton two, while both Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen have one win each. For Constructors’ wins Red Bull have three, Mercedes two, McLaren and Lotus have one each.
Unfortunately the race this weekend will be the last for two great drivers, 2009 champion Jenson Button and 10 second 2008 champion Felipe Massa. Button has been in F1 since 2000, with over 300 races and 15 wins to his name while Massa joined in 2002 with over 250 races and 11 wins.
As I did in Brazil I will run down every championship possibility in order for each driver to win the Championship
Hamilton P1 – Rosberg must be P3 or higher
Hamilton P2 – Rosberg must be P6 or higher
Hamilton P3 – Rosberg must be P8 or higher
Hamilton P4 or lower – Rosberg wins the title
Statistically Rosberg is 80% likely to win the championship on Sunday as with these required standings there are only four races this season where Rosberg has been outside of them.
The Silly Stats
To completely cover the track 5cm deep in sand you would need 485,975,000,000 individual grains of sand.
A professional racing camel could run a lap of Yas Marina in 8:19.860, almost five times slower than an F1 car.
With the current width of rear Pirelli tyres you could lap the track with 17,089 tyres in a single line sideways, but with the new 2017 tyres you would only need 13,714 of them.