By Williams Martini Racing
November 22 2016
In what is the final race of the 2016 Formula One season the Williams Martini team moves to the Yas Marina circuit for the 2016 Abu Dhabi GP. For the Williams team it is their final opportunity to move ahead of their rivals in the Constructors Championship, even if this is going to be a very difficult task. The team is hoping to see a repeat of their 2014 race that saw a double podium finish. The other significant moment in this race will be the fact that it will mark the end of Felipe Massa's Formula one career.
Itís just seven years since
Abu Dhabi arrived on the calendar with Formula Oneís first ever twilight
race, yet the Yas Marina circuit has already established itself as a
staple of the season. The ultra-modern design stands apart thanks to its
unique features, including the LED-lit hotel sprawling over the circuit
and tunnelled pit lane exit, as well as joining the likes of Monaco and
Singapore in boasting a trackside yacht-filled marina. The long
straights and open nature of the circuit promote entertaining racing,
and the venue was the scene of celebrations for Williams in 2014 as a
double podium for Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas secured the team 66
points in the double points system, the most points scored by a team at
a single grand prix.
Itís going to be another emotional one! You try not think about it too much when youíre in the car, you just try to do as good a job as you can. Itís a really nice track to drive, there are lots of fans who really enjoy themselves at the track and outside of the track and it is, of course, a twilight race which is interesting for us and everyone watching. I really hope the final, and 250th race of my Formula One career, can be a fantastic one. We will of course have a big party! Hopefully we can celebrate with a great result.
Abu Dhabi is a nice place to finish the Formula One season. The facilities are great there and it seems like more and more people come to this race every year. Itís the place where I had my first ever Formula One test in 2011. Itís a good track for racing and it looks very cool with the sunset. We ended the 2014 season there with a double podium so it would be nice to finish this season with another strong result. Normally itís a good track for our car because of the long straights and short corners and chicanes, so I look forward to it.
Practice 1: 13:00 - 14:30
Practice 2: 17:00 - 18:30
Practice 3: 14:00 - 15:00
Qualifying: 17:00 - 18:00
Sunday: Race: 17:00