Formula 1

Sebastian Vettel wins again in Abu Dhabi

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Sebastian Vettel produced another searing drive to take his eleventh win of 2013 and his seventh-in-a-row at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The German world champion was able to take the lead at the start and never looked back in a truly dominant display at Yas Marina.

Despite starting on pole team-mate Mark Webber had to settle for second over half a minute behind, Nico Rosberg completed the podium.

At the start the Red Bull’s again were not great off the line, Vettel was able to hold off Rosberg and get ahead of Webber into the first corner, the German also managed to past the Australian at turn one.

Romain Grosjean moved up to fourth passing Lewis Hamilton at the first corner, the Briton also slipped behind Nico Hulkenberg but made a good move on the Sauber and was back up to fifth.

Further down Fernando Alonso moved up to eighth after starting tenth, however right at the back Kimi Raikkonen’s race lasted three corners at the Finn made contact
with a Caterham breaking his suspension.

Vettel began to pull away at the front as he always does building a four second gap within five laps as Jenson Button pitted early switching onto the soft compound and replacing his damaged front wing.

As the race settled he first round of stops began much earlier than expected, Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton were among the first to pit on laps seven and eight.

The other leaders soon followed with Webber and Grosjean pitting though the Frenchman was unable to get ahead of the Australian.

Rosberg and Vettel waited a few laps later to pit, the newly crowned champion continued to pull away at the front extending his gap to nine seconds before the Mercedes pitted first on lap 11.

Those who pitted early were dealing with traffic in the form of the one-stopping Esteban Gutierrez, Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta, while Rosberg, Webber and Grosjean made fairly easy work of the traffic Hamilton did not as he was stuck behind Gutierrez for around 15 laps
ruining his race.

Vettel’s gap was upto 22 seconds when those on an one-stop finally pitted, Webber took advantage and made a bold move on Rosberg at turn 11for second.

A great battle in the lower half of the top 10 with driver’s running in positions 5-9 nose-to-tail, running behind the slow Sutil, Felipe Massa was able to take advantage pulling a move on Hamilton for sixth and then passing the Force India for fifth, Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso also battling just behind with the Spaniard able to get ahead of the German.

Perez quickly joined in the scrap which would become the main battle of the race, Hulkenberg slipped down the order after his given a drive-through penalty for an unsafe release from his second stop into the path of Perez.

Hamilton was able to recover re-passing Massa via his final pit-stop however Alonso was still stuck behind the Brazilian.

The Spaniard waited a lot longer for his final stop switching to the soft tyres again and finally came out ahead of Massa and Jean-Eric Vergne who’s strategy had brought him into the battle.

Alonso then charged up through the field in the final ten laps passing Hamilton and Di Resta to take fifth, on a side note however, the Ferrari is under investigation for breaking track limits getting ahead of Vergne while exiting the pits.

Paul di Resta hung on sixth ahead of Hamilton and Massa, Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez completing the top 10.

Up front however the race belonged to Vettel as he cruised to one of his easiest wins of the season ahead of Webber and Rosberg in second and third, Romain Grosjean also had a quiet yet impressive race taking fourth.

The win continues Vettel’s incredible run of wins going with seven in-a-row and eleven in 2013, if he could win the final two races of the season in America and Brazil he would match Michael Schumacher’s record for most wins in a season.

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