Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (2013) RESULTSun, 03 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0700
At the last Grand Prix, in India, Sebastian Vettel was dominant and secured his place in F1 history by taking his fourth title in a row.
But for today’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Track, Vettel has to start in second place to Mark Webber, so could Webber have found his mojo and be ready to take a win from Vettel? No. In fact, Vettel’s display in Abu Dhabi was just as convincing as his recent wins – despite having already secured his title – and with Webber slow off the line Vettel, and Rosberg, went past the Australian, and at the other end of the grid Raikkonen, who was starting at the back after failing post-qualifying scrutineering, broke his suspension hitting the back of a Caterham and ended his race before it started.
Up front, Vettel pulled away and by the time he made his first pit stop – later than most of the front runners, he was far enough in front of then second place Massa he came out still in front, and by the time he made his second pit stop – with Webber in second place by then – he came out still in front and cruised to a 30 second win.
Behind the two Red Bulls, Rosberg had a decent race from trailing Vettel for second in the firts half and Webber for third in the second half of the race, with Grosjean pushing him hard as the race concluded but having to settle for fourth place.
Alonso managed to get his Ferrari in to fifth place even after qualifying in 11th, but may be subject to a post-race penalty for overtaking Vergne by going off track and not giving back the place.
Behind Alonso, Paul di Resta managed to take a good sixth place thanks to a one-stop strategy from Force India, followed by an unhappy Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes who complained throughout about a lack of grip.
Behind Hamilton, Massa got a decent eigth spot for Ferrari, foillowed by the McLaren of Sergio Perez and the second Force India of Adrian Sutil.
But it was Vettel’s day once again, and he even celebrated his win with another doughnut display, this time on turn 7 before returning to take his tropy.
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By Cars UK