Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2015 – Preview and Betting Tips

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2015 which is the last race of the season will take place on Sunday at the Yas Marina circuit. The race will begin on 5pm local time (1pm GMT). Unlike last year, there isn’t much excitement on this race today because the title race for the drivers’ championship has already been decided many weeks ago. Let’s go more into the details of this event below.

Overview

The Yas Marina is one of the best race tracks in the world today. Like most of the recently built tracks currently being used in F1, this one was also designed by Hermann Tilke. It is located in the man-made island of Yas on the east coast of Abu Dhabi. It has 21 corners and two DRS zones (the first between turns 7 and 8 and the second between turns 10 and 11). Just like in the previous round at Interlagos, the race here also runs in an anti-clockwise direction. A lap on this track has a distance of 5.554 kilometers.

This race has 55 laps and covers a total distance of 305.255 kilometers. It has the distinction of being the only day/night race in F1. It begins on late afternoon when the sun is about to set and ends at early evening just after dark.

Teams usually use a two stop strategy in this race. This year, Pirelli will once again use their supersoft (red) and soft (yellow) compounds here. This strategy and combination of tyres was the winning formula for Lewis Hamilton last year. He started the race on the supersoft, and changed to the soft on laps 10 and 31.

Drivers

The first edition of the Abu Dhabi GP took place in 2009. Since then, only two drivers have won it multiple times. Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari is the most successful driver here with three wins (2009, 2010 and 2013). Lewis Hamilton had won it two times already (2011 and 2014). The only other driver who has also won this race is Kimi Raikkonen (2012). Nico Rosberg is yet to win in this race, but already has a number of podium finishes here. Almost all the past winners didn’t begin the race at pole position.

Betting tips

Lewis Hamilton who has won this race two times already is the top favorite of bookmakers with odds of around 1.85. He is followed by Nico Rosberg who has won the last two races of this season at 2.38. Sebastian Vettel who is the most successful driver here with three wins comes in third on the odds for the possible winner. He’s at around 10 in most sportsbooks.

I’ll go for a possible win by Nico Rosberg in this race. I think the momentum has clearly shifted to his side after Hamilton secured the title in the US Grand Prix. If his car won’t experience any mechanical problems in this race, I’m sure he’s going to win it for the first time.