Long straights, low-speed corners and changing temperatures pretty much sum-up Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit, a popular venue among F1’s teams and drivers.
As a medium-thigh downforce track, Yas Marina requires an optimal compromise between low-speed grip and straight-line speed.
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A glance at the speed trap readings from qualifying underline the advantage of having a prancing horse in one’s engine, with four Ferrari-powered cars among the top five runners, and Sauber’s Charles Leclerc breezing through the desert at a cool 335.9 km/h.
The Italian fury wasn’t enough however to outrun the mighty Mercs that locked out the front row in qualifying.
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At the other end of the spectrum, the bulls were a whopping 13 km/h slower in a straight line, demonstrating once again Renault’s painful lack of grunt. Will Honda change that paradigm next year?
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