Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; the Perfect Curtain Downer for the 2015 F1 Season

yas-circuit-abu-dhabi[1]How fast the year has moved! If you are an avid Formula One enthusiast you will concur that indeed this was the perfect racing calendar. The championship might have been won back in Austin by Hamilton but there are millions of reasons to look ahead for the ever tantalizing Abu Dhabi 2015 GP on November 29th.

A Short History

If you are a racing buff, you absolutely love your F1 facts. Indeed, nothing makes watching a Formula 1 race as exciting as having the right details.  The Abu Dhabi GP takes place on the 5.55-kilometre Yas Marina Circuit which is considered one of the sleekest tracks among the F1 racing track destinations. It was designed by none other than the racing track designing maestro Hermann Tilke.

The race is in its 7th year in the country since the inaugural race back in 2009.  One interesting fact about the race is that it was the first ever day-night race in the F1 calendar. It was won by Sebastian Vettel who also holds the record for most wins with three titles. The 2014 race was an exciting yet tense affair, as both Lewis Hamilton and his teammate Nico Rosberg could have taken the title. Hamilton won the race hands down to also claim the 2014 Driver’s championship title.

Why the Abu Dhabi 2015 is creating a Buzz

You might presume that with the cars’ and drivers’ championship already won, there is nothing more to work for.  You are wrong. In fact, there is everything to fight. You see Rosberg has out-qualified Hamilton both in Mexico and Brazil, and gone on to win the races comfortably.

Everyone wants to see whether the German has finally unraveled Hamilton’s secret and there is no better place to prove this than on the amazing Yas Marina Circuit. There are overtaking chances and with Hamilton declaring he doesn’t like losing, it will be all systems go.

But there is more to the race if you consider the barbs the two drivers have traded. Already Rosberg has said the Briton likes making excuses when he loses while Hamilton says Mercedes is now treating the German differently in order to appease him.  Whatever the case, Abu Dhabi 2015 will be exciting considering that other drivers want to prove their worth.

Indeed the track provides the best chance to have a glimpse of next year’s champion. Boasting top speeds of 320 km/h with 9 right turns and 12 left turns, the scenic track provides breathtaking action and you can bet that come the weekend, there will be unforgettable stunts on the tarmac.

The close ending GP is also an ideal way to start your holiday because it provides an array of off-field activities during the weekend. From fantastic after parties featuring 50 Cents, Blur, Florence and the Machine and Akon to exquisite dining packages, Abu Dhabi offers everything for everyone.

During the race you have the best opportunity to watch your favourite driver on the track. In fact, the grandstands are covered to protect you from the scorching desert sun.

There are also amazing chances to meet your idols in the after parties as they let loose after the strenuous racing on the track. You still have time to order your Abu Dhabi GP tickets. There is no better way to spend the weekend!

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Is Nico Rosberg the Formula One Champion in Waiting?

nico-rosbergIf you wish to understand how ambitious an F1 driver is, just look at how they treat their closest rival. For Nico Rosberg, there is no closer rival than Lewis Hamilton. For now, forget about Vettel unless Ferrari comes up with a magical trick over the winter.

When Nico threw a cap back to Hamilton in Austin, it was obvious the German was totally frustrated. The German is senior to Hamilton considering he joined Williams in 2006. Well, the story goes back further than most F1 fans think.

Karting Buddies

The story of the two ambitious drivers started in 2013 when Hamilton joined Mercedes. This was supposed to be the perfect partnership because after all, the two drivers had raced together since their karting days.  Well, they were also friends and indeed they said so back then.

What Nick Luda and Tom Wolff never considered was that the fact that every good driver is also dangerously competitive. After the first season, it was obvious Mercedes had one of the best cars and the two drivers showed this right from the engine test runs.

Crosshair on the Prize

The drivers now had their sights set on wins and much more. Rosberg was, of course, expected to be better considering his experience. On the other hand Hamilton, whose incredible speeds and risk taking border those of Ayrton Senna, was raring to go for the second elusive F1 Championship title.  Well, this was understandable considering the first was won way back in 2008.

Everything, including friendship, could not come between the drivers and wins. Nico Rosberg, who has always loved facts, seemed more capable from the start at the Australian Grand Prix where he won the race even after starting third. The reality of a title seemed to have awakened a spirit hitherto unseen in the German.

Things went well for Hamilton in Malaysia GP, China and Singapore forcing a frustrated Rosberg to take second every time. There was already some tension between the two former friends and at Monaco GP, the F1 world was treated to a spectacle similar to Schumacher’s parking move that prevented Alonso from setting the fastest pace. Rosberg prevented Hamilton from setting the fastest pace.

Hamilton was livid though Rosberg was cleared by stewards. It was all gloves off and Rosberg, who always looks calm, was not done yet.  He won at Austria and Germany in front of his home crowd. Things got bad at Belgium GP when Nico deliberately rammed into Hamilton whose tire burst, forcing him out. Everyone at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps was up in arms but luckily, Rosberg escaped FIA action with only a fine demanded by Mercedes.

Well, things didn’t work out from there for Rosberg with Hamilton winning at Monza, Singapore, U.S GP and Abu Dhabi. His only win was in Brazil. 2015 has been another thing altogether. Call it bad luck or lack of consistency, Rosberg has largely been outshined by Hamilton. His first win came in Spain and the second at Monaco. In Austria, he showed imperious form and beat Hamilton flat out.

In Austin, the real Rosberg came out and though he made an error that gave Hamilton the championship, his recovery showed the mettle of a future champion.  Rosberg has taken 6 poles in 2015 GP and in the last two races at Brazil and Mexico these have translated into victories.

Has Rosberg finally discovered Hamilton’s secret or is the Briton driving slowly after winning the title in Austin? One thing is for sure; Nico Rosberg has the mettle to push Hamilton to the wall, quite an exciting championship awaits you in 2016.