Date: Sunday, Nov. 3
Start Time: 8 a.m. ET
Site: Yas Marina Circuit -- Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Track: 5.554 km (3.451 miles), 21-turn road course
Miles: 189.738 (305.355 km)
On TV: NBC Sports Network
Race record: Sebastian Vettel, 2009 (1 hr., 34 min., 3.414 sec.)
Qualifying record: Sebastian Vettel, 2011 (1 min., 38.481 secs.)
Defending champion: Kimi Raikkonen
Runner up: Fernando Alonso
Pole winner: Lewis Hamilton (1:40.630)
1. Kimi Raikkonen (Start: 4)
2. Fernando Alonso (6)
3. Sebastian Vettel (24)
4. Jenson Button (5)
5. Pastor Maldonado (3)
6. Kamui Kobayashi (15)
7. Felipe Massa (8)
8. Bruno Senna (14)
9. Paul di Resta (12)
10. Daniel Ricciardo (16)
Average speed: 172.878 kph
Time of race: 1 hr., 45 mins., 58.667 secs.
Margin of victory: 0.852 secs.
2012 Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, 172.878 kph/1:45:58.667
2011 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, 188.494 kph/1:37:11.886
2010 Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Renault, 183.923 kph/1:39:36.837
2009 Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Renault, 194.789 kph/1:34:03.414
Race: Indian Grand Prix (October 27)
Site: Buddh International Circuit -- New Delhi, India
Miles: 191.52 (307.249 km)
Finish line order: Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez
Time of Race: 1 hr., 31 mins., 12.187 secs.
Average speed: 202.130 kph
Margin of victory: 29.823 secs.
#1 Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ) Renault/Red Bull
#2 Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia) Renault/Red Bull
#3 Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain) Ferrari/Scuderia
#4 Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Ferrari/Scuderia
#5 Jenson Button (Frome, England) Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
#6 Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico) Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
#7 * Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland) Renault/Lotus
#8 Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland) Renault/Lotus
#9 Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany) Mercedes/AMG Petronas
#10 Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England) Mercedes/AMG Petronas
#11 Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany) Ferrari/Sauber
#12 Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico Ferrari/Sauber
#14 Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland) Mercedes/Sahara Force India
#15 Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany) Mercedes/Sahara Force India
#16 Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela) Renault/Williams
#17 Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland) Renault/Williams
#18 Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France) Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
#19 Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia) Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
#20 Charles Pic (Montelimar, France) Renault/Caterham
#21 Giedo van der Garde (Rhenen, Nether. Renault/Caterham
#22 Jules Bianchi (Nice, France) Cosworth/Marussia
#23 Max Chilton (Reigate, England) Cosworth/Marussia
This will be the fifth running of the Abu Dhabi GP at Yas Marina Circuit, which is one of the few tracks on the F1 calendar to run in an anti- clockwise direction. It's also part of Abu Dhabi's Yas Island development, covering an area of 25-square kilometers.
The Abu Dhabi GP is the only race of the season that starts late in the afternoon and concludes at twilight. When the lights are turned on, Yas Marina becomes the largest lit permanent sports venue in the world.
Sebastian Vettel clinched his fourth successive F1 world championship and won his sixth grand prix in a row last weekend in India. Michael Schumacher (2004) and Jim Clark (1965) are those drivers who scored seven straight grand prix victories. Alberto Ascari holds the F1 record for most consecutive wins with nine, doing so from the tail end of the 1952 season through the early part of the 1953 season.
The Abu Dhabi GP was the last race of the season in 2009 and '10. Vettel won the inaugural running of this event in '09, and then followed up with another victory there the following year. His win at Abu Dhabi three years ago allowed him to clinch his first F1 title by just four points over Fernando Alonso.
In 2011, Vettel had his lone retirement of the season at Abu Dhabi, where he experienced a tire puncture that caused damage to his car on the opening lap. One year ago, the Red Bull driver had to start from the back of the grid but made an amazing comeback to finish third. He had qualified third but race stewards later disqualified him when they determined there wasn't enough fuel in his car to provide a one-liter sample in post-qualifying scrutineering, as required by the sport's technical regulations.
Kimi Raikkonen won a F1 grand prix for the first time in three years by taking the checkered flag for Abu Dhabi GP last season. Raikkonen, the 2007 F1 titleholder, left Ferrari at the end of 2009 and then competed in the World Rally Championship as well as a handful of NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series races for the next two years before joining Lotus for the 2012 season. He gave Lotus its first victory in the sport since the 1987 United States Grand Prix in Detroit.
Round 18 on this year's F1 calendar is the Nov. 17 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas, located just outside of Austin, Texas. Lewis Hamilton won last year's race there.