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Abu Dhabi is a gem of a track, and the last stop in the season. Full of glitz and glamour, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has quickly become a fan favourite in F1.

The track itself is a tricky one to set up for. There are a couple of very long straights meaning you can’t go too heavy on the downforce. Yet, the fact that there are some tight and twisty sections means you need to have a good balance of speed and downforce.

Overtaking around the majority of Abu Dhabi is very hard as the track twists and turns through technical chicanes. However there are two very good DRS assisted overtaking spots at the end of the two long straights. Because of these long straights you need to be able to extract a good top speed.

To hit these top speeds you may be tempted to remove rear wing downforce. Unfortunately you can’t do this because you will lose a lot of time throughout the technical sections. With the mid corner speed through the first and third sectors key to a good lap time, you need to find a balance.

Due to the point and squirt nature of the 45° corners, Abu Dhabi is an F1 track that is rear limited. You will need to find a setup which opens the differential and lowers the rear tyre pressures to aid with traction out of corners.

To really maximise your overtaking possibilities you will need to fine tune your braking setup. Stopping on a dime, with maximum balance is key if you are going to make some lunge overtakes during the race.

Race strategy around Abu Dhabi relies heavily on your ability to maintain rear tyre grip. If you shoot for a lightening fast lap time you will almost certainly run in to tyre management issues during the race.


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How do I stop wheel spin at the tight chicane around Abu Dhabi?

Getting a good exit at the chicane is key if you want to mount an attack down the long straight. This is the same if you don't want to be defending all down this straight. To get a better exit, lower your rear tyre pressures and open up your on-throttle differential.

Where is the best overtaking spot at Abu Dhabi?

There are two great overtaking spots at the Abu Dhabi track. The long straight which follows the hairpin is the longest straight on the track. This is followed immediately by another long straight after the chicane. Both of these are great overtaking spots.