1) DRS influence?: The race was last year's season finale and title decider where championship contenders Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso spent the race stuck behind slower cars following their tyre stops. With two DRS zones on the track the hope is that the problems with the track's layout will be negated.
2) Dusky delight: The only twilight race on the calendar poses a unique challenge to the drivers whose visibility is already compromised by the fact that they sit so low in an F1 car's cockpit. The fading light and then driving under floodlights will throw in yet another variable into the mix.
3) Sloppy seconds: The race may well feature Sebastian Vettel holding station at the front of the leading pack of cars but the race for second is still a talking point. McLaren's Jenson Button seems to have it wrapped up but never count out Fernando Alonso.
4) It's up to Seb: Since the Abu Dhabi GP became a feature on the F1 calendar in 2009, there has been just one name etched on to the winner's trophy. How much defending double world champion Sebastian Vettel wants to turn the screws on the rest of the grid will probably decide how the race pans out.