2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix programme

2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Have all the important information for this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at your fingertips with the F1 Fanatic race programme:

The race weekend

2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix preview – Will Abu Dhabi finally give us a race worth watching?

2011 F1 championship points – Full drivers and teams points standings heading into this weekend’s race.

Reserve drivers

The following changes to the usual driver line-up will be made for first practice only:

Jean-Eric Vergne will drive Sebastien Buemi’s car at Toro Rosso.

Robert Wickens will drive Jerome D’Ambrosio’s car at Virgin.

Romain Grosjean will drive Bruno Senna’s car at Renault.

Nico Hulkenberg, Karun Chandhok and Narain Karthikeyan – who have all driven in previous practice sessions this year – will not be driving this weekend.


Pirelli will bring the medium (white colouring) and soft (yellow) tyres for this weekend’s race.



Derek Warwick is the driver’s advisor to the stewards for this weekend’s race.

He joins Venezuelan automobile club president Vincenzo Spano and Auto Sport Suisse president Paul Gutjahr on the stewards’ panel.

The track

Yas Marina, 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The Yas Marina circuit is holding the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for the third time, and for the first time it is not the final race of the season.

The track passes underneath a hotel and over a pit lane exit. But novelties aside the track is flat and featureless with few high-speed corners.

Despite its wide, long straights the venue has proved very difficult to overtake on – Fernando Alonso famously spent most of last year’s race stuck behind Vitaly Petrov’s Renault.

Yas Marina circuit information – all the track data.

Double DRS zones again in Abu Dhabi – Two DRS zones may help overtaking this year.

The weather

The weather tends to be stable in this region and three hot, dry days are expected:

2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weather forecast – Typically hot weather expected in Abu Dhabi

Following the race live

F1 Fanatic Live will be open for your comments during every session.

Join us for every lap of the race, qualifying and practice at these times:

Friday 11th November 2011

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Free Practice 1: 13:00-14:30 (UK time: 9:00-10:30)
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Free Practice 2: 17:00-18:30 (UK time: 13:00-14:30)

Saturday 12th November 2011

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Free Practice 3: 14:00-15:00 (UK time: 10:00-11:00)
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying: 17:00 (UK time: 13:00)

Sunday 13th November 2011

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: 17:00 (UK time: 13:00)

More session times and live coverage details here: 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix TV Times

You can follow F1 Fanatic on Twitter for updates throughout the race weekend:

And you can use the F1 Fanatic Live Twitter app to get updates from the drivers, teams and media at the circuit:

2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix highlights

Sebastian Vettel went into the final race of 2010 in third place and came out as champion.

Team mate Mark Webber, who was also in contention for the championship, struggled all weekend. As Alonso pitted to keep Webber behind him, he dropped too far behind Vettel, who claimed a surprise championship victory.

Vettel has won both the previous races at this circuit.

2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix review – Vettel grabs title as Alonso and Webber falter

How Alonso lost the championship in Abu Dhabi – The strategic mistake that left Alonso vulnerable

Alonso’s role in Ferrari strategy revealed in pit messages – Alonso urged Ferrari to react to Webber’s moves

Previous Abu Dhabi Grands Prix

2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Vettel leads Red Bull one-two in finale

Join in the 2011 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship

There’s F1 races tickets DVDs and more to be won. Play for free by guessing the top five in each race.

You can enter and edit your predictions up to the start of qualifying on Saturday:

Programme image design by PJ Tierney. See his new F1 poster designs here.

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    10 comments on “2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix programme”

    1. Why do people insist on incorrectly pronouncing this Emirate as “Abu Darby”?? It’s not as though the correct pronounciation “Aboo Dabbie” is difficult, is it? Gets on my nerves!

      1. @mattb Anything’s better than Jonathan Legard’s “Abberdabby”.

        1. That’s pretty ironic, as that’s one of the main reasons I tried to refrain from saying ‘dabby!’

          But i’ve submitted a re-done version, just waiting for Keith to swap the URLs around :)

    2. Thanks for the shoutout regarding the new posters Keith :)

    3. Abuuuu Darby…… Abababuuuuu Daaaarby…. Sounds really good to me mate..needs a a few more ‘A’s – Abuuuuuuuu Daaaaaaaarbeeeeeeeeeee :)

      Hell yeah! I insist!!!

      Is a creche a car accident in Sloane Square?

    4. My mistake. I used to see people criticise Legard for pronouncing it ‘dabby’, but i’ll correct it tomorrow!

    5. When will we hear the Force India line-up for 2012? It is to be announced before Sunday?

      1. Don’t count on it, I guess it will take until the end of the month anyhow, even if Mallya promised to try and speed it up.

    6. I might be let down, but I’m looking forward to this race. It could decide the fight for second place.

    7. Well, it might not be worlds most exciting circuit but having a Grand Prix is better than no Grand Prix at all. Looking forward to it.

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