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Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Preview, Predictions, Race Schedule
- The 2023 Formula 1 season wraps up this weekend in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates
- Teams will be looking to end the season as high up as possible on the constructors’ standings
- Sports Brief provides a preview and the key details ahead of the race at the Yas Marina Circuit
The 2023 Formula 1 season concludes with the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, hosting the final event.
In contrast to previous races in the UAE, the upcoming edition holds minimal significance for the drivers' standings, as Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing have asserted unprecedented dominance throughout the season.
However, Verstappen - having triumphed in 18 of the 21 races this season - would look to extend his win record to 19.
His teammate, Sergio Perez contributed to Red Bull's imprint on the season by securing the second spot in the drivers' standings with an impressive performance at the Las Vegas Grand Prix.
As the teams approach the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with little left to contend for, Sports Brief provides a preview of the event.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix schedule
The 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix spans from November 24 to 26, featuring various sessions and events over three days.
Friday, November 24
Practice One at 13:30 (GMT+4)
Practice Two at 17:00 (GMT+4)
Saturday, November 25
Practice Three at 14:30 (GMT+4)
Qualifying at 18:00 (GMT+4)
Sunday, November 26
Grand Prix at 17:00 (GMT+4)
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix preview
With 21 races completed and only one remaining, Verstappen has dominated the season, securing his third consecutive world drivers' title and winning 18 of the 2023 races.
Alongside his Red Bull team, the 26-year-old has set records, with only Ferrari managing to beat them this year.
Racingnews365 recently reported that the Dutch driver has eclipsed the record for the highest winning percentage in an F1 season.
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The question now is whether anyone can disrupt the Austrian team's end-of-season celebration by winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix predictions
The Abu Dhabi GP tends to be straightforward, making it challenging for anyone to dethrone Verstappen on this track. Perez, thanks to his recent impressive performances, also stands as a contender.
Surprise of the weekend
While Mercedes and McLaren traditionally outperformed Ferrari on conventional tracks, the Yas Marina Circuit may present a different scenario. Ferrari's SF23 car excels on straight lines and performs decently in slow-speed sections, making them a potential surprise team for a podium finish.
Key Battle - Mercedes vs. Ferrari
The battle for second place in the constructors' standings emerges as the significant fight at this Grand Prix. Mercedes, initially leading Ferrari by a considerable margin, now faces a close competition, with only four points separating the teams. The outcome could influence their development for the next season, reminiscent of the close battle in the previous season.
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Abu Dhabi GP Circuit Information
Circuit Name: Yas Marina Circuit
Length of Lap: 5.281km
Lap Record: Max Verstappen (2021) - 1:26.103
Total Race Laps: 58
Total Race Distance: 306.183km
First Grand Prix: 2009
Abu Dhabi GP Past Winners
2022: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2021: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2020: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2019: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2018: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2017: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
2016: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
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Schumacher tips Verstappen to topple Hamilton
Sports Brief has also previously reported on Ralf Schumacher tipping Verstappen to topple Hamilton in terms of Formula 1 victories.
However, the former Williams driver said many conditions needed to be in place for the three-time world champion to surpass the Briton.
Verstappen, following his victory at the Las Vegas Grand Prix in the USA, climbed to third on the all-time Formula 1 race winners list.