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Nov 21

2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

November 24, 25, And 26, 2017

Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix9th Edition, All In Abu Dhabi, State And Federal Capital City Of The Seven United Arab Emirates. 20th And Final Round Of The 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

QUALIFYING:

Saturday November 25, 5 p.m. local time; live on RDSat 7:45 a.m.; on TSN 5 at 7 a.m.; rebroadcast on RDS 2 at 1:30 p.m. andon RDS at 8 p.m.

RACE:

Sunday November 26, 5 p.m. local time; pre-race show liveon RDS at 7:30 a.m.; live on TSN 4 at 6:30 a.m., on TSN 3 à 7:55;rebroadcast on RDS-2 at 8:30 p.m.

2016 RESULTS:

FRONT ROW OF THE GRID:Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:38,755Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:39,058

RACE:1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)2. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)3. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

FASTEST LAP: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 1:43,729

YAS MARINA CIRCUIT

5.554 km, 21 corners, two DRS zones

55 laps, 305.355 km in total, lap record: 1:40.279 by Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 2009

ABOUT THE ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX:

– Abu Dhabi is the second Persian Gulf country to hosta Formula 1 race, in 2009, fi ve years a er Bahrain. It’s alsothe third Arab-speaking country where the World Championshiphas been present, a single Moroccan Grand Prixhaving been held in the streets of Casablanca in 1958.

– The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has two features in commonwith Singapore. First, the race is held in a city-state.Second, it’s largely held under the fl oodlights, just like theBahrain round. However, while Singapore uses its streetsand boulevards for its F1 circuit (like Monaco and Baku),the Yas Marina track keeps the same confi guration at alltimes, and it is used for stock car and drag races. Moreover,like Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, it is open, especially in theevenings, to people who enjoy cycling and running.

– The pit exit at Yas Marina is quite unique. Driversdive into a tunnel that winds its way under the fi rst corner,re-emerge and rejoin the track on the le of turn 3. Its 3rdsector is made up of eleven corners in quick successions,and the drivers also make their way under a part of theViceroy Hotel, a spectacular sight.

– In 2017, it is the 6th time that the World Championshipconcludes in Abu Dhabi. There was no suspense in thatregard for the 1st edition in 2009, Jenson Button havingwon the title in Brazil, but the following year was a differentstory. Separated in 2010 by twenty-four points, duringthe 1st season where a win was worth twenty-fi ve points,Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel, andLewis Hamilton could all, mathematically, take the crown.Vettel won the race, while Alonso fi nished 7th. The Germanran off with the title, four points ahead of the Spaniard,fourteen ahead of the Aussie, and sixteen ahead of the Brit.

– In 2014 and 2016, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was thedeciding round for the title race between Mercedes teammatesNico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Separated byseventeen points, with fi y points being awarded for a winat the fi nal round of the season, Rosberg (on pole) andHamilton made up the front row of the grid. While theGerman had all sorts of problems during the race andfailed to score any points, the Brit took both the win andthe crown. Last year, Hamilton had to hope for victoryand no better than a 5th place for his teammate, who wasahead in the Championship, to take the title. Rosberg letHamilton win and, by avoiding any pitfalls, he fi nished 2ndand took the title by fi ve points.

– By looking at the results since 2009, one mayconclude that this 9th edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prixwill probably be another fi ght between Hamilton andVettel. Both drivers have already taken three wins there.Hamilton has started from pole three times, against twofor Vettel and Rosberg. The German has recorded threefastest laps, the Brit two. Both of those rivals have alsostood on the podium fi ve times. Hamilton’s sole signifi cantadvantage is in regards to kilometers covered in the lead:1,005 against 789 for Vettel.

SOME CELEBRATIONS:

NOVEMBER 21: The likeable Frenchman Jacques La te, winner in Canada in1981, celebrates his 74th birthday.

NOVEMBER 29: In 1975, British double World Champion Graham Hill lost hislife aged 46 as a result of a plane crash.

DECEMBER 6: Keke Rosberg, 1982 World Champion and father of Nico, willturn 69.

DECEMBER 7: Featured in the news because of his possible return to F1, Polishdriver Robert Kubica, winner in Canada in 2008, will turn 33.

DECEMBER 12: The fi rst great Brazilian champion (1972, 1974),Emerson Fittipaldi, will celebrate his seventy-fi rst birthday.

DECEMBER 14: Italian fans’ best hope of seeing one of their own on the gridon a regular basis in 2018, Antonio Giovinazzi, will turn 24.

LATER IN JANUARY: ON THE 3RD, Michael Schumacher will turn forty-nineand, on the 7th, Lewis Hamilton will turn thirty-three.

A PAIR OF FINNS:

The Interlagos podium welcomed, for the 5th time this year, both of the Finnishdrivers active in 2017: Valtteri Bottas (2nd) and Kimi Räikkönen (3rd). Before thesefi ve double podiums for Finland this year, the last time two Finns had climbedonto the podium was at the 2008 Hungarian GP, where Räikkönen stood withHeikki Kovalainen. Speaking of Finland, with his pole in Brazil, Bottas gave hiscountry its 100th front-row start.

ESTEBAN OCON’S FINISHING STREAK STOPPED SIX GRANDS PRIX SHORT OF THE RECORD:

Forced to retire on the fi rst lap of the Brazilian GP, the young Frenchman sawhis streak of consecutive race fi nishes end at twenty-seven, six less than NickHeidfeld who, while driving for BMW Sauber, had fi nished every race from the2007 Chinese GP to the 2009 Italian GP. However, in this regard, Ocon still holdsthe record for the best career start in F1, since he completed each of his fi rsttwenty-seven GPs.

HAMILTON,VERSTAPPEN,SAINZ, ANDMAGNUSSEN:

In Abu Dhabi, Hamilton will take13th place overall with his 208thcareer start, as many as Italy’sAndrea De Cesaris. On that sameday, three other drivers will taketheir 60th start: Kevin Magnussen,Carlos Sainz, and Max Verstappen.

SOME PLACES IN THE FINAL STANDINGS ARE STILL UP FOR GRABS:

The 2017 World Title has already been decided, of course, but there remains suspense over the 2nd and 3rd places, onlytwenty-two points separating Vettel and Bottas, in that order. For the 4rd and 5rd places, seven points separate KimiRäikkönen and Daniel Ricciardo, and the internal fi ght rages on for 7rd and 8rd places, 11 points separating Force Indiateammates Pérez and Ocon. And for the next four places, nineteen points separate Sainz, Massa, Stroll, and Hulkenberg.

50 YEARS OF F1 IN CANADA…

DID YOU KNOW? THIS SEASON, EACH OF OUR BULLETINS WILL INCLUDE STATISTICS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA.

Since 1967, the constructor whose car was on pole at thestart of the Canadian round also took the win that sameyear twenty-two times. Nine different constructors haveachieved such a pole-to-fl ag result: McLaren seven times,Williams, Ferrari, and Mercedes three times, Brabhamtwice, and Tyrrell, Benetton, Renault, and Red Bull onceeach. Only once, in 1992, the teammate (Berger) of thepole sitter (Senna) won the race.

RESERVE YOUR SEATS FOR 2018:

All fans who wish to attend the 2018 edition of theFORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA, ON JUNE 8, 9,AND 10, 2018, whether they were present or not in 2017,may now order general admission tickets or seats inwhatever grandstand they choose. Tickets may be purchasedin the event’s Web site, at WWW.GPCANADA.CA,or by calling 514 350-0000, weekdays, between 8 a.m.and 8 p.m.

source: Sandrine Garneau-Le Bel, Normand, gpcanada.ca

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