The 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: A Must-Attend Event

Yas-MarinaIf you thought the 2014 Formula One grand finale at Abu Dhabi was interesting, then you have much to look forward to in the 2015 race at Yas Marina. Last year, all the tension that gripped the entire sporting world was sweetened by the decision to award double points to the winner.

While this will not happen this year, there is still much drama to look forward to. Indeed, the tension is already palpable going into the 8th race in Austria with the championship title having been blown wide open by Rosberg’s wins at the Spanish GP and Monaco. So, what makes 27th to 29th November Abu Dhabi GP an irresistible weekend? Take a look.

Lewis Hamilton Vs. Rosberg Drama

Last year, the F1 calendar was made fantastic by Lewis and Rosberg’s drama on track and off . Remember the drama at the Monaco and Belgian GP? Well, it was all decided on the final race day, and this year nothing much has changed.  Pundits are predicting a gripping end of the season and all of it will happen at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina.

Sebastian Vettel Reawakening

When Vettel decided to join Ferrari last September, everybody thought he had lost his marbles. Four races into the calendar, everybody is beginning to notice the 4-time champion is in exceptional shape. The team that Alonso left in a huff is actually pushing Mercedes W06 to the limit. The title is within the grasp of any top three drivers, and Vettel might just surprise every fan by taking the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 title.

Sebastian Vettel, tops the Malaysian Grand Prix podium. Courtesy: Vincent Thian / AP Photo

Sebastian Vettel, tops the Malaysian Grand Prix podium. Courtesy: Vincent Thian / AP Photo

The Fantastic Yas Marina Circuit

Hermann Tilke is a genius when it comes to designing race tracks. However, with this circuit, even drivers concur the German outdid himself. The amazing 21 corners make this circuit a challenge for drivers, but a delight to spectators. The track runs through sand dunes off the Abu Dhabi Coast. The long straights and tight corners running through the spectacular Yas Viceroy make the track just amazing to visit.

End of Season Drama

Last year, the action on the sidelines was as exciting as that on the track. Marussia never managed to race as the team was going under. Marcus Ericsson elected to terminate his contract with Caterham a week to Abu Dhabi GP, forcing the team to hire Wills Stevens.  Jenson Button was headed out of F1 at the time with no car seat in sight though the situation changed with McLaren’s change of heart.

2015’s final race will also come with its own drama, especially with everyone waiting for Hamilton’s decision on his Mercedes contract. Simply put, you have to be there to watch history unfold.

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Did Bahrain GP Give a Hint of the 2015 F1 Champions?

lewisandkimiIf Sepang, Malaysia, was a surprise to F1 fans, then Bahrain was simply perplexing. Vettel and Ferrari were in great form back in Malaysia GP. Indeed, Mercedes had to contend with second position and everyone sat up to look at the SF15-T more seriously.

Back to Bahrain International Circuit for the 4th race of 2015, it seems like things just got more interesting. Nothing makes sports as interesting as gauging which probable champions could be based on current performances.

The incredible show at Bahrain GP 2015 provides a very good indicator of who could finally become the champion come November. Take a closer look:

1.       Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Forget the breakup with Nicole and the never-ending contract negotiations with Mercedes, because this year, Hamilton seems impervious to imperfections. His error-prone driving that was evident last year seems like history in practice, qualifying and on race Sundays.

In Bahrain, not even faulty brakes towards finishing could stop him; he is simply a champion in waiting if nothing untoward happens, but this is F1, isn’t it?

2.       Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari

When he made the decision to leave Red Bull in September 2014, the sporting world was in shock. Well, it seems baby Schumi’s move is paying back.

With one win under his belt and the SF15-T continuing to dazzle in qualifying and tire strategy, there is no stopping Vettel this season. If he avoids the blunders evident in Bahrain then Mercedes have a good battle on their hands.

3.       Nico Rosberg

He is the scientist in the Mercedes driver line-up, but it seems things are not working out on his keen studies. However, Nico has been fast throughout his career and he still has a chance of overturning Hamilton’s run just like he almost did in 2014. The German has the guts to play dirty and push to the limit, and he enjoys seeing Lewis under pressure.

4.       Kimi Räikkönen

Once upon a time in 2007, there was an F1 champion by the name of Kimi the Iceman. Well, he faded away, but he has still recorded one of the most impressive run of fast laps, which indicates he can rattle the top order at Scuderias by pushing Vettel to the limit.

There is motivation, of course, considering the boss Maurizio Arrivabene has said there is no contract without performance for Kimi, which is enough motivation to get results from the laidback Iceman.

Williams FW37 of Bottas and Felipe Massa would have featured in the list, but it seems their car is not yet there. But in F1 you just have to wait.

What you can’t deny is the fact that Bahrain 2015 offered a glimpse of this year’s champions’ lineup.