The omen Ferrari hopes to continue by ending its Abu Dhabi jinx
It’s been an unlucky 13 for Ferrari in Abu Dhabi since the first Formula 1 race was held there in 2009. But if the Scuderia can finally win at the Yas Marina Circuit in 2022, then BEN EDWARDS feels this could bode well for even greater success in 2023
Spectacular and distinctive aerial images are always a key part of Formula 1 TV coverage; one such eye-catching view in Abu Dhabi features the huge red roof of Ferrari World, a theme park adjacent to the Yas Marina Circuit. Inspired by the double curve of Ferrari’s GT cars, one section of the roof carries the famous Prancing Horse logo which overlooks the hairpin of the circuit at Turn 5; the handsome animal had a good view of Max Verstappen overtaking Lewis Hamilton on the last lap in 2021 to wrap up his first world title.
That roof didn’t exist when the first Abu Dhabi Grand Prix took place in 2009 but there wasn’t much for Ferrari fans to get excited about: both cars failed to make the top 10 in qualifying and remained pointless in the race. Kimi Raikkonen finished 12th, and Giancarlo Fisichella finished 16th in what was one of only five outings for the team and his last-ever grand prix.
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