Abu Dhabi Preview: all you need to know

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is 55 laps long

The first Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was held in 2009

The circuit distance is 5.554km

Race lap record: 01:40.279 secs*

*Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 2009

Oil brought huge wealth to Abu Dhabi when it was discovered in 1958. About 40% of thee UAE's gross domestic product is directly based on oil and gas.

Of the 2.65 million population in Abu Dhabi, only 500,000 are nationals.

The Yas Island features a rollercoaster that is supposedly the fastest in the world, reaching speeds of 149mph.

The Yas Marina circuit is built on a man-made island, as is the venue of the Canadian Grand Prix - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Abu Dhabi is the federal capital of the United Arab Emirates and the largest of seven emirates.

4,000 tonnes of aggregate from a Shropshire quarry was shipped to the UAE to create the circuit surface.

The circuit cost an estimated $1.5bn, believed to be the most expensive track ever built.

Most winsby a driver: Sebastian Vettel 3, Lewis Hamilton 2, Kimi Raikkonen 1.

Most wins by a team: Read Bull 3.