AS WE PREPARE FOR ABU DHABI, HERE'S PART THREE OF
ALONG WITH A LAP FROM DAVID COULTHARD OF THE YAS MARINA CIRCUIT...
Singapore outglams Monaco, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani, Simple Minds, ZZ Top, In the paddock it's breakfast at lunch, dinner at midnight and sleeping pills in the morning. Grosjean crashes at Piquet Corner, even the Renault pit wall smile, Vettel on the front row, Webber on second, but Hamilton wins. Drivers meet potential FIA presidents blah blah blah, jet lagged F1 moves on to revamped Suzuka, amusement park rollercoasters gone, but new paddock features escalators for oldies. Paper boats sail down pit lane river on Friday, Alonso announced at Ferrari, world's most expensive game of Musical Chairs begins as we do the Driver Shuffle, Raikkonen going back to McLaren, Kubica to Renault, Barrichello to Williams in Brawn swap with Rosberg, Elvis to USF1, Glock sick Kobayashi in, Glock back, Glock crash, Glock ouch, Glock out. Buemi, Alguersuari and Webber in Crash Bang Wallop, makes life expensive for Red Bull, but Vettel keeps title fight alive with masterful drive from pole to first for third win, Sunday night mayhem in Log Cabin, as F1 folk start its planned demolition work early. Jet lag reaches record level as F1 goes back to Europe, then west to Brazil, clocks go forward, but Glock not back. Torrential rain on Saturday, pit garages boast new water features, rain pours through roof during mammoth 2h45min Saturday Qualifyathon, TV pundits talk rubbish to fill extra time, so what's new, drivers go to loo and eat snacks, qualifying back on, crowd berserk as Rubinho gets pole, Webber on front row, but Vettel back in 16th, Webber clinches win number two the team's fifth of the year, Buemi in the points, but all unnoticed as a Brit finishes fifth in Sao Paulo to deny a Brazilian (and a German) the title, a case of 2008 deja vu. Well done to Button and Brawn, Red Bull Racing secures its best-ever finish, Second in 2009 Constructors' Championship, one more race to go as F1 goes east from Europe again, this time to Abu Dhabi and to the Yas Marina circuit, where David Coulthard drove a 2-seater Formula One car earlier this month. And this is what he had to say about it...
DAVID COULTHARD ON THE YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
"Having had the opportunity to drive the circuit, what struck me is that it's a two-stage track; the first half of the lap until corner nine is typical of the new type of track. There's the fast section at the beginning from Turn One to the Turn Four tight hairpin with the grandstand literally overhead, giving great viewing for the spectators. The 1.2 kilometre back straight should give an opportunity for some slipstreaming and overtaking and then the back section of the circuit has a real street circuit feel to it, where you come along the section that takes you to the hotel and then passes underneath it, via a series of 90 degree right-handers and left-handers before opening out to the end of the lap and a medium speed corner on to the start-finish straight. The pit lane entry is very challenging, as is the exit, which is actually in a tunnel under the circuit and is going to make it particularly challenging for the drivers coming in and out of pit stops. There are great facilities and air-conditioned garages which will make working conditions in the heat a little bit easier and also having an evening race will obviously take some of the heat out of what can be a very hot venue. I think the twilight aspect of the race will be more of a visual treat for the spectators and the TV audience, but I think for the drivers it will be absolutely fine, as there is enough overhead lighting to make it blend seamlessly from day into night, no problem."
-credit: red bull