McLaren Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview


McLaren Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview

It only felt like yesterday that we were waiting for the 2017 Formula 1 season to start and we’re now at the end – the final race is here and we’ve got the ‘end-of-term’ feeling.

Travelling to the Middle East for round 20/20 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which is taking place this weekend. See what Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne have to say ahead of the final race in Abu Dhabi.

Fernando Alonso – McLaren Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview 


Fernando Alonso – “As another season comes to a close, Abu Dhabi is a fantastic circuit to visit and to round off another year of racing.”

“There’s such a unique atmosphere – the year feels like it has gone quickly but equally, there’s a feeling of finality ad everybody in the team who has worked so hard all yea is looking forward to the winter break.”

“It means there’s huge anticipation from everyone to perform well in the final race of the season and this usually gives us great racing and we see everyone giving everything they have to finish the season on a positive note.”

“Yas Marina Circuit is trickier than Brazil – we had unexpectedly good results at Interlagos but we’re anticipating another tough challenge in Abu Dhabi.”

“Of course, the whole team wants to finish the season on a high, so we’re all working hard to extract every last bit of performance out of the MCL32. Qualifying will also be crucial on this track because overtaking is tricky and so its important that we manage to get the set-up right as early as we can in the weekend.”

“Racing on this circuit is a really special way to end the season – racing in twilight and then in the dark and in ever-evolving conditions which makes it interesting for the drivers and I’m sure that this years car will be super fun to drive around this track.”

“I’m looking forward to it and I hope that we can end the season with a strong result as a reward for all the efforts of the whole team this year.”



Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview


Stoffel Vandoorne – “It’s good to finish the season at a circuit I know well after a couple of new ones in the past few races. I’ve driven at Yas Marina Circuit a number of times – in testing and also in GP2, I’ve won here twice which are really special memories and I’m looking forward to tackling it again in a Formula 1 car – it’s tricky however as it’s a technical circuit but also rewarding.”

“Because of it’s configuration, it can be pretty difficult to overtake.”

“Racing from day to night isn’t something I’ve experience much of in Abu Dhabi because of the timings of GP2 races but driving as the sun goes down is really cool.”

“I like racing on this circuit and there’s definitely a special feeling at this Grand Prix – it’s a strange feeling between that ‘end-of-term’ and also a lot of anticipation about the weekend ahead before everyone goes home for a break and then starts working on next year’s car.”

“This year has been full of ups and downs for us and for me – I had a very difficult start to the year however the season has progressed and I’ve worked really hard with the team and feel that I’ve now come into my own.”

“I’m more comfortable in the cockpit now than ever before and my rate of progression over the second half of the season has been very satisfying. It’s been challenging but ultimately rewarding because I’ve learned a lot.”

“I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring and we’ll be pushing hard this weekend to finish the year on a high.”

The Formula 1 Girl 🙂


Thank you to McLaren


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