Ferrari at the 2013 Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand PrixEnlarge Photo
The 2013 Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a unique race starting under the glare of the sunshine and ending as the sun goes down. This means temperatures can vary a lot, starting off in the extremes and cooling gradually as the race rages on.
The weather conditions for the area surrounding the Yas Marina Circuit are expected to be fine over the race weekend, with peak temperatures likely to hover around 97 degrees F (36 degrees C) and there being very little chance of rain.
While the ambient temperature may just be bearable, track temperatures can often reach close to 122 degrees F (50 degrees C). And as the temperatures start to cool as night approaches, teams will need to comprise between high-speed balance, straight-line speed and good traction when picking tires. Pirelli has brought its P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft, the same setup nominated for last weekend's Indian Grand Prix.
Speaking of the Indian Grand Prix, it was where Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel secured his fourth consecutive world championship. He currently sits on an unbeatable 322 points but the race for second is still very much on. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is currently in second with 207 points and is trailed by Lotus’ Kimi Räikkönen in third with 183 points.
In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull Racing has an unbeatable 470 points. In second is Mercedes AMG with 313 points, followed closely by Ferrari in third with 309 points.