How Long Is the 2020 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix?

December 12, 2020 11:37 am

The final weekend race of the 2020 season will take place in Abu Dhabi. The F1 paddock will move to the Yas Marina Circuit for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, from December 11 to December 13.

The Yas Marina Circuit, located on Yas Island, stretches up to 5.554 kilometers. Further, the cockpits need to wrap 55 laps and cover the racing length of 305.355 kilometers. In addition, the circuit has 21 turns that the racers drive through.

The weekend begins with the Practice sessions, leading to the qualifying session, and further moves on to the major race on Sunday.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 01: The F1 Drivers Class of 2019 photo is taken on track before the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 01, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

The FP1 and FP2, which take place on Friday evenings, last for 90 minutes. The 60-minute FP3 takes place in the early half of Saturday. Following that, the Qualifying Session begins, which further gets divided into three parts, the Q1, Q2, and Q3.

Based on the Qualifying results, the lineup for the Sunday race gets determined. In addition, the use of tires for the cockpits is also fixed.

According to the schedule, the cars will line up for the main race on Sunday, December 13. While the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship award will go to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, there will be many uncertainties during the race that will cement the audience’s attention to the track.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix cycle

According to Track Time, the FP1  on December 11, 2020, began at 13:00 and ended at 14:30. Following that, FP2 took place at 17:00 and continued till 18:30. There are press conferences between the two practice sessions that stretch for an hour too, from 15:00 to 16:00 local standard time.

The FP3 is on schedule for December 12, 2020, which will span for an hour, from 14:00 to 15:00 local standard timing. It is further followed by the Qualifying session that will commence from 17:00 and cease the motion by 18:00.

The initiation of the Season finale will be with the End of Season Drivers’ Pictures. It will stretch for five minutes from 15:10 to 15:15. The next set of the event is the Drivers’ Presentation that will span from 15:20 to 16:00. The agenda of the F1 season 2020, ‘End Racism’ will be honored. Following this, the National Anthem will be on air.

The race will start from 17:10 and continue for 120 minutes till 19:10, according to the track time. As per the local standard time, the race will be on air at 18:40 and wrap up by 20:40.

The hype for the F1 season finale, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, is extremely high. The racers along with the spectators are expecting a thrilling and adventurous end to the season. The circuit has provided gallant and challenging races since 2009.

As the season draws an end on December 13, 2020, amidst the global pandemic, the calendar for the 2021 season is already on the official F1 website.

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Debarati Saha

Debarati Saha is an F1 and NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing English Honours from Calcutta University, she is an avid fan of Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.

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