Race: Vettel Retires Allowing Hamilton to Win

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IMAGE [1]: Hamilton waves to the crowd after winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

 

There was drama in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after just two corners. Sebastian Vettel pulled off an amazing lead over Hamilton after only a few corners but spun off the race track due to suspension and puncture damage. Vettel was aiming at tying the record for most wins in a season with Michael Schumacher, but with this retirement, there is no possible way. After the retirement for Vettel, Hamilton went straight on to the victory that he needed so much. Red Bull didn't have a great day is Yas Marina as Webber finished fourth after an odd pit strategy.

 

Ferrari bounced back after a dreadful start to the weekend and Fernando Alonso finished second. He could have won the race though, if he had not been held up by and HRT in the pits and a slow stop occurred. d11abu3119.jpgDespite that, Ferrari scored more points in a single race for the first time this season. Massa finished fifth, but was lucky not to retire after he spun off at Turn 1 during the closing stages of the race.

 

Force India drove a great race with both drivers having a few fights with the Mercedes drivers. Sutil finished ahead of his teammate in eighth and di Resta was ninth. The points scored in Abu Dhabi would help defend their sixth place in the Constructors' Standings from Sauber, who also did well over the weekend. Kobayashi scored one point which moved the Swiss team ahead of Toro Rosso after the Italian team had an awful race.

 

Despite their bad race, Red Bull Racing moved up to 607 points in the Constuctors' Standings. They might have had plenty more if Vettel hadn't gone off. d11abu3046.jpgWebber's race wasn't too great either. He had a few scraps with Jenson Button for third but didn't have the pace to keep the position. The pit strategy chosen by the team was odd as well. They decided to keep Webber on the softs which meant that he would need to pit agin to comply with the regulations. Webber finally came in on the last lap to change tires which shocked everyone. They did manage to beat Massa which was their target.

 

IMAGE [3]: Vettel nurses his punctured car home to what would be a devastating race for Red Bull.

 

Here are the results from a very dramatic Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Where is Sebastian Vettel? Check way at the bottom. That might be the first and last time that will ever happen.

 

 

Race Control - ALG, MAL both received penalties but maintained their positions.

 

It was a new face on top, the Championship Standings remain the same but the drama couldn't get bigger. What will happen in two weeks for the Brazilian Grand Prix?

Place 
No Driver Team Laps 
Elapsed Time  Grid Pos 
Pts
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 55 1:37:11.886 2 25
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 +8.4 secs 5 18
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 +25.8 secs 3 15
4 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 55 +35.7 secs 4 12
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 55 +50.5 secs 6 10
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 55 +52.3 secs 7 8
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 55 +75.9 secs 8 6
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 55 +77.1 secs 9 4
9 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 55 +101.087 secs 10 2
10 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 54 +1 Lap 16 1
11 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 54 +1 Lap 11
12 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 54 +1 Lap 24
13 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 54 +1 Lap 12
14 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 54 +1 Lap 23
15 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 54 +1 Lap 15
16 9 Bruno Senna Renault 54 +1 Lap 14
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 54 +1 Lap 17
18 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 53 +2 Laps 18
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 19
20 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 22
Ret 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 48 Electrical 20
Ret 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 19 Hydraulics 13
Ret 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 18 Brakes 21
Ret 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1 Puncture damage 1

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