The huge numbers behind the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
How many litres of paint do you think it takes to prepare the Yas Marina Circuit?Peter Iantorno November 19, 2014
Everybody knows that Formula 1 is all about the numbers - like 17: the number of points Lewis Hamilton leads his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by in the overall standings, meaning that if Rosberg wins this weekend's race at Yas Marina Circuit, Hamilton must finish second in order to win the title.
Of course, with the Mercedes cars utterly dominant this year, anything other than a one-two finish looks unlikely, but in Formula 1, a sport where finely tuned and highly sensitive machines tear around a circuit at speeds pushing 320kph, anything can happen.
With this year's new regulations meaning the winner in Abu Dhabi will be awarded double points and public frustration from the smaller teams on the finance and funding issues in the sport, some serious preparation has gone into ensuring that everything runs smoothly in this all-important title decider.
In a massive event such as this, which is expected to welcome 60,000 people each day, absolutely nothing has been left to chance. That means an there'll be an impressive 1,924 catering staff, set to serve 29,670 meals in the corporate hospitality suites and Grandstand alone.
The preparation at the circuit began months ago, as a team of 59 gardeners have been working round the clock to lay 75 acres of grass and plant 715 palm trees and some 150,000 flowers ahead of the event.
Then comes the mammoth job of preparing the track, which is carried out by 6 specialist contractors who travel the world painting race circuits. They'll use a total of 8,550 litres of paint, 450 litres of which will be used for the track's white edges, which must be painted over 4 times, meaning the contractors will have to cover a distance of 26 kilometres in this process alone. And that's not even mentioning the whole reason any of this is going ahead: the teams. Since the conclusion of the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, November 9, 6 charter flights, each carrying 90 tonnes of gear have transported the teams' equipment to Abu Dhabi.
An additional 140 sea freight containers will also have docked at Khalifa Port by the weekend, bringing all the remaining kit for the F1, GP2 and GP3 races, and 400 logistics companies using 60 forklift trucks have coordinated this huge operation, totalling 750 tonnes being moved.
With all F1 eyes on Abu Dhabi this weekend, there's no doubt that despite all these impressive facts and figures, only one will matter when the checkered flag falls on Sunday: who will be the new Formula 1 World Champion?
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