Yas Marina Circuit will host the
21st race of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship from 25 to 27 November. The track is located on Yas Island, the 25 square meter man-made island in the area north-west of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Designed by Hermann Tilke, the circuit was inaugurated on 30 October 2009 and since then has hosted seven Formula 1 Grand Prix races. The race begins with the sun high in the sky and ends under artificial light.
The 13 braking sections are fairly challenging, the pace is fast (the drivers average 200 km/h per qualifying lap) and the climate is sweltering. These factors result in increased grip and greater stress which can create problems related to thermal exchange and wear of the friction material.
According to Brembo technicians, who classified the 21 World Championship tracks on a scale of 1 to 10, the Yas Marina Circuit is in the category of tracks that present a high level of difficulty for the brakes. Indeed, the Arab track earned a 10 on the difficulty index, which is precisely what the
Montreal track got. The fact that these two circuits are equally as challenging is incredible because besides being located at two different latitudes (24° Abu Dhabi, 45° Montreal), the two tracks are very different in length, configuration and average speed. Yet, both put an exaggerated amount of stress on the braking systems.