The first part of the track is very fast with two straights where the DRS is used.
Then, beginning from turn 12, the number of tight turns increases, keeping the cars from reaching 300 km/h (186 mph) on the rest of the track.
The race begins at 5:10 pm in daylight but when the sun sets 20 minutes later, the last hour and 15 minutes is contested under artificial lighting.
This dramatic shift translates into what can be a 10°-15° C (18°-27°F) drop in temperature, which reduces the grip and results in unstable braking performance.
The first 20 minutes of racing are under the boiling hot sun, grip is high as is the temperature of the braking system.
This can cause thermal discharge problems and wear down the friction material.
According to Brembo technicians, who have classified the 21 tracks in the World Championship, Yas Marina Circuit is one of the world's most demanding tracks on the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned a 3 on the difficulty index.