The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2013 Formula One World Championship and the season's only twilight race, takes place at the impressive 5.554 km Yas Marina Circuit at 17:00 hrs on Sunday 3 November.
"The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is undoubtedly one of the highlights on the Formula One calendar and a weekend that everyone at the team always enjoys," said Ross. The uniqueness of the twilight racing and the wonderful facilities at the Yas Marina Circuit make for quite a spectacular show, both for the crowds at the track and for those watching on television.
"The circuit layout is challenging with the brakes under particular strain and overtaking can be tricky despite the long straights," explained Ross. 12 of the circuit's 21 corners are taken in second gear of below, with six taken at less than 100 km/h. "This is a demanding period with four of the seven season-ending flyaway races now completed and I am pleased with how the motivation and commitment levels at our team are remaining so high", added Ross. "India was a strong weekend for us with some valuable points scored and we will aim to have another positive weekend in Abu Dhabi to consolidate our position."
The 26-point haul for Nico and Lewis last weekend in India was the best team result since the Belgian Grand Prix in late August. "We delivered a good team result in India, with podium number eight this year and our biggest points total since the Belgian Grand Prix," affirmed Toto. "Our target now is to build on that momentum in Abu Dhabi."
The team knows what to expect at Yas Marina: "A circuit where good traction is important, as well as strong straight-line speed, and conditions in which it's important to look after the rear tyres, especially through the first stint when the track temperatures are still high," explained Toto. "All of us in the team know that the battle for second place in the Constructors' Championship will go down to the final race. We are ready for the fight."